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oversell

[ oh-ver-sel ]
/ 藢o蕣 v蓹r藞s蓻l /
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verb (used with object), o路ver路sold, o路ver路sell路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), o路ver路sold, o路ver路sell路ing.
to sell something aggressively.
to make extreme claims for something or someone.
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Origin of oversell

First recorded in 1570鈥80; over- + sell1
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British Dictionary definitions for oversell

oversell
/ (藢蓹蕣v蓹藞s蓻l) /

verb -sells, -selling or -sold
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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