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shelf life

noun
1.
the term or period during which a stored commodity remains effective, useful, or suitable for consumption:
Many medicines have a very short shelf life.
Also called storage life.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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  • It has an amazing shelf life, sometimes as much as a year.
  • Short shelf life in the supermarket so it's never as fresh as you want it.
  • Berry and cherry juice, even when preserved with vinegar and salt, has a short shelf life.
  • Kept on ice, the fish have a shelf life of three weeks.
  • So, if you have something that's completely melted down and then refrozen, its shelf life is about a week.
  • My agent explained that my big idea-which in fact was no longer my big idea-had a short shelf life.
  • Bacteria ruins the flavor and shortens the shelf life of food.
  • Furthermore, butter-makers often add heavy doses of salt, partly to compensate for blandness and chiefly to add shelf life.
  • It has a long shelf life, which makes it attractive for use in first-aid kits.
  • Because the tubes contain no living cells, they do not trigger an immune response and have a shelf life of more than a year.
British Dictionary definitions for shelf life

shelf life

noun
1.
the length of time a packaged food, chemical, etc, will last without deteriorating
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