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shelf life

noun [C]
 
 
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/long shelf life 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.
Translations of “shelf life”
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指食品的)貨架期,保存期限…
in Russian срок хранения…
in Turkish dayanma süresi, kullanım süresi…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指食品的)货架期,保质期…
in Polish trwałość…
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