shelf life

noun
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:
1925–30

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shelf life
 
n
the length of time a packaged food, chemical, etc, will last without deteriorating

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Example sentences
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.
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