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Deadlines and time limits

deadline

noun

a specific time or date by which you have to do something

timing

noun

the date or time when something happens or is planned to happen

time limit

noun

an amount of time in which you must do something

closing date

noun

the date by which you must apply for, ask for, or provide something

due date

noun

the date on which something is planned or expected to happen, for example when money must be paid or when a pregnant woman expects to have her baby

sell-by date

noun

a date printed on food products to show that they should not be sold after that date because they will no longer be good to eat

expiry date

noun

the date on which something can no longer be used or is no longer safe to eat

the last minute

the latest possible time for doing something

the last (possible) moment

the latest time that it is possible to do something

due

adjective

something that is due at a particular time or date must be completed by that time or date

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