I was in a meeting in Ireland where we were choosing deadline for tasks.

In the meeting note there was the following statement:

  • Task should be done by January 2015 (i.e. "date for a date" )

What is the meaning of "date for a date" ?

  • One can only guess, since you have X'd out the actual task: perhaps the date on which some other date must be known? As in, by January 1st we will need to have a clear sense of the delivery date for the final deliverable.
    – TimR
    Jan 6, 2015 at 13:16
  • I'm removing the XX'd as misleading
    – boos
    Jan 6, 2015 at 13:17
  • Any connection to this? dateforadate.com/DateForADate.aspx
    – miltonaut
    Jan 6, 2015 at 13:32
  • Other than that, my googlefu is returning a bunch of database query/sql-type results... I have no idea...
    – miltonaut
    Jan 6, 2015 at 13:35
  • 1
    It may mean that in January the team will give an estimate of when the work can be completed. We often set a deadline for when we will finish our assessment of the task and provide the date we can realistically complete it.
    – ColleenV
    Jan 6, 2015 at 14:13

1 Answer 1


A date for a date is a common term in technology companies for the date by which you expect to have determined another date. It sounds as though in your meeting you were determining many deadlines for many tasks, and that this determination was itself challenging or time-consuming, and so a deadline had been set for the task of determining the other deadlines. In other words, your group expected to finish assigning all the deadlines by January 2015, even though presumably some of those deadlines would themselves be later dates.

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