sell-by date


Definition of sell-by date

: a date printed on food packages showing the last day on which the food can be sold sometimes used figurativelya theory that has passed its sell-by date [=an outdated theory]

Examples of sell-by date in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, each was troubled that a food product so obviously past its sell-by date could still be in circulation. David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, "Column: How did a 3-year-old pizza get delivered by Instacart?," 24 Nov. 2020 The series is known for recasting its stars every second season, which allows multiple narratives to keep crackling past what could have been a sell-by date. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "A Royally Candid Interview with The Crown's Emma Corrin, Josh O'Connor, and Emerald Fennell," 21 Oct. 2020 Their central point is not that liberal democracy has passed its sell-by date. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "The COVID-19 challenge: Good government," 13 Oct. 2020 Continual updates ensure life beyond the sell-by date, and the whole Hellcat idea just keeps getting better and stupider in the best possible way. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "The Right Cars Are Dying: Survival of the Funnest," 3 Oct. 2020 Today, the theory of prevention, despite being well beyond its sell-by date, continues to inspire much mental-health advocacy. John Hirschauer, National Review, "D. J. Jaffe, RIP," 27 Aug. 2020 The administration originally set a mid-September sell-by date but ultimately gave TikTok more time to give up its U.S. division to a company such as Microsoft. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "TikTok's CEO Kevin Mayer reportedly quits as app battles with Trump administration," 27 Aug. 2020 If the beer goes past its sell-by date, Hensley plans to give it back to the breweries. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "This Arizona liquor distributor is dumping millions of dollars of beer. Here's why," 1 May 2020 It was cut and wrapped in plastic with a Whole Foods Market scale label, is identifiable by PLU code 97776, and has sell-by dates through Oct. 30, 2019, according to the FDA., "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sell-by date

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Sell-by date.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sell-by date

: a date that is printed on food packages which shows the last day on which the food can be sold

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