Christopher Columbus set sail three days after this deadline.
Anything short of setting a deadline to establish a Palestinian state will be useless.
This is the deadline for the congressional “supercommittee” to agree on a debt-reduction plan.
Most of us learned of the deadline hours before the gentlemen from Pennsylvania were scheduled to arrive.
In a long night of political ping-pong, the U.S. government shut down as the midnight deadline passed.
There would be exactly one hour's supply of oxygen when he was thrown out and it still lacked five minutes of the deadline.
Just like you always were—plus fifteen seconds on the deadline.
Their deadline for establishing residence was up that night.
H will never again fall in for roll call on this side of the deadline.
It seemed as if we had shipped all the human dregs of the San Francisco 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]