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.
to sell something aggressively.
to make extreme claims for something or someone.
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How to use oversell in a sentence
Others were potential bargains in categories like energy and real estate that had been oversold.We Can't Blame Stock Market Volatility on COVID-19 Anymore | James A. Anderson | January 27, 2022 | Time
Inventing Anna might oversell Delvey’s Robin Hood qualities.Shonda Rhimes Already Knows What You're Going to Watch Next | Judy Berman | January 5, 2022 | Time
The parents had paid for the seat, but the flight was oversold and the flight attendant was looking for any way to fit more passengers on the plane.A Perfect Storm of Problems Has Airline Employees Bracing For an Especially Hellish Holiday Travel Season | Liz Garone | December 21, 2021 | Time
However, a review of the source video shows that the ad oversells the amount of praise Youngkin heaps on McAuliffe.McAuliffe ad slices and dices Youngkin’s comments in a misleading way | Adriana Usero | July 2, 2021 | Washington Post
The other is I do think work, you know, one can oversell it, but work should be venerated to some degree.How to Stop Worrying and Love the Robot Apocalypse (Ep. 461) | Stephen J. Dubner | May 6, 2021 | Freakonomics
British Dictionary definitions for oversell
(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
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