- simple past tense and past participle of oversell.
- marked by prices considered unjustifiably low because of heavy and extensive selling: The stock market is oversold.
Origin of oversold
- 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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Examples from the Web for oversold
Some, fearing that the place had been oversold, were hastening to secure their seats.The Galloping Ghost
Roy J. Snell
The friend who sold you the plant, about whom I happen to know a lot, oversold you.I Walked in Arden
It was believed that the market had been oversold, and the holders held.Sevenoaks
J. G. Holland
This number was oversold with a printed edition of two million copies--a record never before achieved by any magazine.A Dutch Boy Fifty Years After
This number was oversold with a printed edition of two million copies—a record never before achieved by any magazine.The Americanization of Edward Bok
Edward William Bok
- (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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