I want to ask about the meaning of a sentence. What does it mean?

If it's not the due date, it's not a do date.

  • Please say where you found this sentence. It looks like a humorous phrase, a play on words because "due" and "do" are pronounced in the same way.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jan 5, 2020 at 11:06

1 Answer 1


A "due date" is the date when something is due. The date that something must be finished, or is expected to finish.

The report is due on the 20th January. = The project's due date is the the 20th of January.

The use of "do date" is a joke. This is not an idiomatic expression. It would mean "the date that I do something". So the joke is "if it isn't due today, then I don't do it today". Or "I only do things on the last day". But it is a joke, so don't take it too literally.

  • The 'joke' probably works better in America, where more people pronounce 'due' and 'do' identically, than in the British English part of the world, where many don't. Jan 5, 2020 at 12:36

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