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shelf lifenoun [U]

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 ​regularbeef.
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shelf lifenoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˈʃelf ˌlaɪf/  us   /ˈʃelf ˌlaɪf/ (plural shelf lives)
the ​length of ​time that a ​product, ​especiallyfood, can be ​kept in a ​shop before it ​becomes too ​old to be ​sold or used: Fresh ​fruit has a very ​shortshelflife.
the ​length of ​time that something ​remainsuseful, ​popular, or ​successful: These ​days many ​marriages have a ​fairlyshortshelflife (= don't last very ​long).
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shelf lifenoun [C]

uk   us  
the length of ​time that a ​product, especially ​food and ​medicine, can be ​kept before it becomes too old to be ​sold or used: a ​short/​longshelflife Vacuum ​packing gives the fish a ​shelflife of a couple of weeks. The ​product would be ​expensive to make and have a limitedshelflife.
the length of ​time that something remains useful, popular, ​successful, etc.: Today's ​technology can have a ​briefshelflife. Self-help ​books have a ​longershelflife than other ​bestsellers.
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