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short interest

noun, Finance.
the total amount by which a single seller or all sellers are short in a particular stock or commodity or in the market as a whole.
Also called short account, short position.
Origin of short interest
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then again it's an open question how much stock is owned on the street and how great a short interest has been created.

    Rockhaven Charles Munn

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