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drop-dead (not comparable)

  1. (informal) Very impressively or spectacularly.
    My date was drop-dead gorgeous!
  2. (informal, not comparable, of a point in time) Absolutely final; being the deadline.
    • 2003, Joseph W. Bartlett, Ross Barrett, Michael Butler, Advanced Private Equity Term Sheets and Series A Documents
      The intruding investor (VC #2) makes an offer at a pre-money valuation of $15 million, subject to due diligence, and the expiration of the "drop dead" date, meaning the date in the initial investor's term sheet when exclusivity expires.
    • 2010, Richard L. Daft, The Executive and the Elephant (page 96)
      As the drop-dead date approaches, my mind becomes more focused.

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