drop-dead date

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drop-dead date

The definitive date by which something needs to be completed; the deadline. I just found out that tomorrow is the drop-dead date for this project, so we really need to finish things up. I haven't found the right candidate for the job yet, and the boss's drop-dead date is rapidly approaching.
See also: date
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The drop-dead date should help concentrate wavering minds.
SC11-399, the drop-dead date for attorneys and clerks to begin e-filing all civil case types is April 1, 2013.
Lowe replied that the question had been posed and the town was told, no, that the drop-dead date is June 30 with no extension options available.
No fooling -- April 1 is already looming as the drop-dead date to complete production on films next year and avoid a collision with possible strikes.
7 as the drop-dead date last week, it spurred some activity.
In 1990 the drop-dead date was projected to be 2003.