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Designates the approximate point in time at which work begins in earnest; employee motivation is frequently observed to be "dead" before the deadline draws near.
"Christ, it's the nearly deadline already?! Hey Pete, put down the controller my friend - it's time that we looked at these shuttle schematics."
by Joshua B. Wright April 05, 2004
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Intelligence agency term for "psychological operation". A government or corporate-sponsored operation, usually taking the form of a "terrorist attack" or "crazed gunman on a spree", with the intent of panicking the public into demanding more police and laws inhibiting freedom. Psyops are usually carried out by drugging a civilian or group of civilians with aggression-promoting drugs, psyching them up, arming them, and sending them out to commit mayhem. Government-sponsored terrorism. See also blackshirts, conspiracy
Person A: Man, that nutcase Martin Bryant guy shot 35 people in Tasmania!

Person B: No, he wasn't a nutcase, that was just a psyop so the government could have an excuse to ban guns.
by Mystikan April 11, 2006
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A line drawn within or around a prison that a prisoner passes at the risk of being shot.
114563: Don't cross the deadline man. Warden Hanson will shoot you down.
483190: I have to escape. I can't stay in this hellhole any longer!
by Order 65 July 03, 2017
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The point at which work should held until, and then handed over to others all in one go.
"Shall we pass the orders to traffic and comm prod?"

"nah, deadline isn't till 5pm"
by Disgruntled December 21, 2005
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A deadline refers to a practice in earlier prison camps which were usually farms and therefore had no real fences and so the deadline was literally a perimeter line that if you crossed you would be shot and most likely killed.
Can you imagine if they were to enact old school deadlines in place of the modern equivalent? I bet everyone would turn their work in on time with that kind of pressure. Unless of course they were suicidal and too lazy to do it themselves.
by saharadryhumor January 08, 2015
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"Not wanting to miss out on the big discount coffin sale at the local morgue, Pete decided to speed rashly in order to beat the deadline, judging that even in the worst case scenario this would enable him to take advantage of the terrific one-time savings."
by Joshua B. Wright April 07, 2004
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Etymology: At the end of WW 2, when the British were about to overrun the German Nazi's, the Nazi's often sought to eliminate all evidence of their crimes in the internment camps. This evidence also included the prisoners. They were put in a line and killed, which had to be done before the British arrived.
We have to make a deadline before the British arrive!
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