- the last date on which perishable food should be sold, usually established with some allowance for home storage under refrigeration.Compare shelf life.
- past one's/its sell-by date, Informal. past one's or its prime; past the period of greatest vigor, success, etc.: an aging actress, well past her sell-by date.
Also called sell date, pull date.
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- a date printed on the packaging of perishable goods, indicating the date after which the goods should not be offered for sale
- past one's sell-by date informal beyond one's prime