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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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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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