sell-by date

noun

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the last day on which the food can be sold sometimes used figuratively a theory that has passed its sell-by date [=an outdated theory]

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Miss Havisham from Great Expectations This boss patroness takes her single self to the extreme by ignoring not just her own sell-by date; buy a few cakes and tea sandwiches to leave out for several weeks, if not months, to create this look. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Single This Halloween? 11 Costumes Guaranteed to Make You Stand Out From the Crowd," 12 Oct. 2018 Check the sell-by date carefully on Blue Apron’s pledges. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Blue Apron Can’t Find Missing Ingredient," 2 Aug. 2018 Be sure to check the packaging date, not the sell-by date. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Outerlands’ Salad With Burrata, Strawberries & Fennel," 29 June 2018 Fiat Chrysler and Ford management are notorious for keeping vehicles in production after the sell-by date for their underlying structure. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee flunked their crash tests," 12 June 2018 The broccoli has a sell-by date of March 15, 2020 and a UPC code of 68826700926. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Frozen Broccoli Sold at Shop & Stop, Giant, and More Recalled Due to Listeria Risk," 24 May 2018 Community's enthusiastic fanbase kept it afloat for years beyond its sell-by date, firing its showrunner then rehiring him after an especially rancid fourth season. Tom Philip, GQ, "Just Let Great TV Shows Die With Dignity," 17 May 2018 The products carry a sell-by date of April 9, 2018 and a USDA mark with the number EST. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Kroger ground beef among 35,000 pounds recalled for potential plastic bits," 3 May 2018 The lot code and sell-by date can be found on a sticker on the side of the package. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "Trader Joe’s Just Recalled Its Chocolate Chip Cookies in 12 States," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sell-by date

1971, in the meaning defined above

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