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deadline

[ded-lahyn] /ˈdɛdˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
the time by which something must be finished or submitted; the latest time for finishing something:
a five o'clock deadline.
2.
a line or limit that must not be passed.
3.
(formerly) a boundary around a military prison beyond which a prisoner could not venture without risk of being shot by the guards.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; dead + line1
Related forms
postdeadline, adjective
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  • Although such deadlines were seldom met, it was a point of potential conflict.
British Dictionary definitions for deadlines

deadline

/ˈdɛdˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
a time limit for any activity
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Word Origin and History for deadlines
deadline
"time limit," 1920, Amer.Eng. newspaper jargon. Perhaps influenced by earlier use (1864) to mean the "do-not-cross" line in Civil War prisons:
"Seventeen feet from the inner stockade was the 'dead-line,' over which no man could pass and live." [Lossing, 1868]
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