- to sell more of (a stock, product, etc.) than can be delivered.
- to sell aggressively, as by using high-pressure merchandising techniques.
- to emphasize the good points of excessively and to a self-defeating extent: She so oversold the picnic that I became convinced I'd have a better time at the movies.
- to sell something aggressively.
- to make extreme claims for something or someone.
Origin of oversell
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- (tr) to sell more of (a commodity) than can be supplied
- to use excessively aggressive methods in selling (commodities)
- (tr) to exaggerate the merits of
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