Meaning of “shelf life” in the English Dictionary

"shelf life" in British English

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(Definition of “shelf life” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shelf life" in American English

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the length of time that something stays in good condition and can be used:

Because it is vacuum-packed, it has a much longer shelf life than regular beef.

(Definition of “shelf life” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shelf life" in Business English

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shelf lifenoun [ C ]

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the length of time that a product, especially food and medicine, can be kept before it becomes too old to be sold or used:

Vacuum packing gives the fish a shelf life of a couple of weeks.
The product would be expensive to make and have a limited shelf life.

the length of time that something remains useful, popular, successful, etc.:

Today's technology can have a brief shelf life.
Self-help books have a longer shelf life than other bestsellers.

(Definition of “shelf life” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)