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sell-by date

noun

Definition of sell-by date

  1. :  a date that is printed on food packages which shows the last day on which the food can be sold —sometimes used figuratively with respect to being too old <He wants to get married before he's past his sell-by date.>



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  1. :  the oblong edible fruit of a palm (Phoenix dactylifera)

    :  the tall palm with pinnate leaves that yields the date

  1. :  the time at which an event occurs

    :  a statement of the time of execution or making

    :  duration

  1. :  to determine the date of

    :  to record the date of :  mark with the date

    :  to mark with characteristics typical of a particular period


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