Borrowing shares of stock from a brokerage firm (see broker) and then selling in the expectation that the price of the stock will decline. If it does, the borrower buys them back at a reduced price, returns them to the brokerage, and makes a profit. If it rises, the investor loses money. To sell short is to “short” a stock.
selling short, which is surely immoral, should be taxed at 110 percent of profit.
What would you have thought if anybody had written anonymously to the Sentinel, and had accused you of selling short measure?
They would hammer and hammer, selling short all along the line.
Taking advantage of the inflated market, many of our shrewdest operators are selling short.
They let their friends into the secret, and there was soon a great deal of “selling short” in this stock.
A batch of informations had been laid against “respectable bakers” for selling short weight bread; they were fined 11s.
You hedge by buying or owning actual sugar, and "selling short" in the same amount.