But by the late 1990s, the Savoy brand had petered out and the company was selling off bits and pieces.
Finally, he happily observed, his books remained best sellers and his new vodka line was selling well.
Downsize wants to grow by opening gyms under its own name and ownership, rather than selling franchises and licenses.
He was selling the material we were working to give away free, to responsible outlets.
In addition, the government has collected $15.31 billion in dividends and reaped $9.28 billion for selling warrants in the banks.
There was no selling or trading on misfortune here, as in some of the other camps we had been in.
I had intended to see about selling the furniture then, but I'll wait till the next day.
Darn it, when I see a woman in trouble, I feel like selling the skin off my back.
A girl like me selling flowers on the street of a Sunday morning!
selling four sticks of gum and three packages of cigarettes a day.
Old English sellan "to give, furnish, supply, lend; surrender, give up; deliver to; promise," from Proto-Germanic *saljan "offer up, deliver" (cf. Old Norse selja "to hand over, deliver, sell;" Old Frisian sella, Old High German sellen "to give, hand over, sell;" Gothic saljan "to offer a sacrifice"), ultimately from PIE root *sel- (3) "to take, grasp."
Meaning "to give up for money" had emerged by c.1000, but in Chaucer selle still can mean "to give." Students of Old English learn early that the word that looks like sell usually means "give." An Old English word for "to sell" was bebycgan, from bycgan "to buy."
Slang meaning "to swindle" is from 1590s. The noun phrase hard sell is recorded from 1952. To sell one's soul is from c.1570. Sell-by date is from 1972. To sell like hot cakes is from 1839. Selling-point attested from 1959.
To sell (someone) down the river is first recorded 1927, but probably from or with recollection of slavery days, on notion of sale from the Upper South to the cotton plantations of the Deep South (attested in this literal sense since 1851).
A hoax or swindle; a deception: The Cardiff Giant was a ''sell'' (1838+)
[first verb sense said in an article of 1810 to be derived from sell a bargain, ''the dexterous transfer of any unmarketable commodity for a high price to an unwary customer'']