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sell-by date

1. The date by which a perishable item must be sold by a store. Did you check the sell-by date on that carton of milk?
2. slang By extension, the figurative date by which one's usefulness or skill ends, usually due to aging. Primarily heard in UK. I'm sure they think I'm past my sell-by date after I mixed up all those important files. We need to find a new lead dancer, as Bella is past her sell-by date now and only getting older.
See also: date
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Choice Beef Chuck Pot Roast Boneless with a Sell By date of 0418 and a lot code of 099.
It has a case code of 42085 and a sell by date of 4/10/2019 located on the label.
20-oz bag of Vs PRE-COOKED SQUARE BEEF RAVIOLI, with lot codes 7034, 7040, 7065 and 7100 and sell by dates of 2/3/18, 2/9/18, 3/6/18, and 4/10/18.
1-pound tray packages containing 'Private Selection Angus Beef 80% lean- 20% Fat Ground Chuck' with product code 95054, UPC: 011110971395, and a Sell By date of April 9, 2018.
For this reason, almost ten percent of Brits' weekly shop ends up getting thrown away - be it leftovers, half eaten lunch packs or food that has gone past its sell by date.
packages containing slices of Market of Choice Country Pt and sell by dates prior to and including 04/25/19.
How much notice should you really take of sell by dates in the supermarket?
Hannaford will provide a full refund for any returned ground beef with sell by dates of May 29 through June 16.