July 26th, 2011

Meeting a deadline


“Meeting a deadline”

Definition: To finish something by a predetermined time.

Origin: This saying apparently stems from the prison camps during the Civil War, where a line was drawn to demarcate the boundaries for the prisoners. The line became to be known as a deadline because any prisoner who attempted to cross it was shot.

http://all-that-is-interesting.com/post/5692281236/interesting-origins-of-7-common-english-idioms