drop dead date


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drop dead date

n. a provision in a contract or a court order which sets the last date an event must take place (such as payment) or otherwise certain consequences will automatically follow, such as cancelling the contract, taking property or entering a judgment.

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But - a midpoint position could be that Congress may well have justification for extending the act - there's been a history that justifies it - but the 25-year extension is excessive and [lawmakers] are going to write a drop dead date for the extension.
We would like to have construction finished for Memorial Day, but we have a drop dead date in June," Reardon said.
You tried to soften that by saying you would take another look at the issue at the end of the year, but everyone ignored that and let you know that January 1 was the drop dead date to solve all the negotiating problems with Iran.