sell-by date

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sell-by date (plural sell-by dates)

  1. The final date on which a perishable product can be legally sold to the public.
  2. (idiomatic, by extension) Used to indicate that something, or someone, is old and out of date.
    • 2007, March, As Blair contemplates the hereafter, Britain must endure a life in limbo, by William Keegan in The Guardian Online.
      Tony Blair insists on remaining in office well past his sell-by date - yet he can afford to go.

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