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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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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  • 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.

    The Financier Theodore Dreiser
  • Taking advantage of the inflated market, many of our shrewdest operators are selling short.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • 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.

    Yarmouth Notes Frederick Danby Palmer
  • You hedge by buying or owning actual sugar, and "selling short" in the same amount.

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