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the last day on which the food can be sold sometimes used figuratively a theory that has passed its sell-by date [=an outdated theory]

Examples of sell-by date in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, all of the products here have a sell-by date of either October 23 or October 24th. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 8 Nov. 2021 Da Zhuang Hot Pot Base and a sell-by date of June 30, 2021. Marc Bona, cleveland, 18 June 2021 And these thirty-somethings are well past the sell-by date of the great players of every era that preceded them. New York Times, 30 May 2021 Automatic tax exemption for nonprofit hospitals is a long-standing but poorly targeted policy that has outlived its sell-by date. Ge Bai And David A. Hyman Reprints, STAT, 9 Apr. 2021 In the meantime, any 14oz containers of Gelson’s Yogurt Raisins with a sell-by date of 02/02/22 and a lot number of 210330 are now recalled. Mike Wehner, BGR, 19 Mar. 2021 Our collective yearning for tenderness and connection has no sell-by date, certainly not in a pandemic. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 6 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 21 Oct. 2020

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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 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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