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deadline

[ ded-lahyn ]
/ ˈdɛdˌlaɪn /
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noun

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.

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Origin of deadline

First recorded in 1855–60; dead + line1
post·dead·line, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for deadline

deadline
/ (ˈdɛdˌlaɪn) /

noun

a time limit for any activity
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