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[ded-lahyn] /ˈdɛdˌlaɪn/
the time by which something must be finished or submitted; the latest time for finishing something:
a five o'clock deadline.
a line or limit that must not be passed.
(formerly) a boundary around a military prison beyond which a prisoner could not venture without risk of being shot by the guards.
Origin of deadline
1855-60; dead + line1
Related forms
postdeadline, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deadline
  • However, the government has reportedly reneged on this mandate, and has postponed that deadline indefinitely.
  • There is never an acceptable excuse for missing deadline.
  • Today is the deadline for nations to submit their proposals.
  • The family had not issued a statement at deadline and no reports on her condition had been confirmed.
  • And yet, it still will not be closed even close to the deadline if ever.
  • He selects the figure order that best compliments his paper and a deadline is communicated.
  • It's interesting that the debt-crisis talks are happening concurrently with baseball's trading deadline.
  • Otherwise, it is simply a later deadline, to be blown and then renegotiated.
  • Some terrific candidates were excluded solely because they didn't have a new piece of fiction available by our deadline.
  • Projects that must be rushed to completion to meet an urgent deadline can incur punishing overtime charges.
British Dictionary definitions for deadline


a time limit for any activity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deadline

"time limit," 1920, American English newspaper jargon, from dead (adj.) + line (n.). Perhaps influenced by earlier use (1864) to mean the "do-not-cross" line in Civil War prisons, which figured in the Wirz trial.

And he, the said Wirz, still wickedly pursuing his evil purpose, did establish and cause to be designated within the prison enclosure containing said prisoners a "dead line," being a line around the inner face of the stockade or wall enclosing said prison and about twenty feet distant from and within said stockade; and so established said dead line, which was in many places an imaginary line, in many other places marked by insecure and shifting strips of [boards nailed] upon the tops of small and insecure stakes or posts, he, the said Wirz, instructed the prison guard stationed around the top of said stockade to fire upon and kill any of the prisoners aforesaid who might touch, fall upon, pass over or under [or] across the said "dead line" .... ["Trial of Henry Wirz," Report of the Secretary of War, Oct. 31, 1865]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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