- to dispose of entirely by selling: They sold out of Johnny's brownies before the bake sale was half over.
- to betray (an associate, one's country, one’s principles, a cause, etc.): He would never sell out to the enemy.
Idioms about sell
Origin of sell1
synonym study for sell
OTHER WORDS FROM sellsell·a·ble, adjective
Words nearby sell
Other definitions for sell (2 of 2)
How to use sell in a sentence
On Earth, claiming that an environment is lifeless is a tough scientific sell.Missing Antarctic microbes raise thorny questions about the search for aliens|Elise Cutts|July 20, 2021|Science News
Big Tech has made that a hard sell in America, simply because the companies have created so much value for consumers.
At the full retail price of $249, these can be a tough sell.
So it wasn’t a hard sell when the North Face asked Chin, who has been sponsored by the company for 20 years, to colead its new Explore Fund Council.Jimmy Chin's Plan to Make the Outdoors More Inclusive|Kathy Karlo|May 11, 2021|Outside Online
This will be a hard sell for many minorities who already have low homeownership rates, in large part because of housing discrimination.
The Dallas Cowboys sell out their state-of-the art football stadium.
As more people come online, the most basic tasks—such as going out to the market to sell produce—will become more efficient.
Along the Prado they used to sell slaves on the auction block, too.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As for the political class, I doubt I need to give you a very hard sell on its failure.The U.S. Will Torture Again—and We’re All to Blame|Michael Tomasky|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Question 9: If the female captive was impregnated by her owner, can he then sell her?
He couldn't sell them; he couldn't burn them; he was even compelled to insure them, to his intense disgust.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Those four pictures—I would not sell those four Watteaus for one hundred thousand francs.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
He thought these things over carefully and finally decided that he would sell them himself.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
For an Indian to sell a horse and wagon in the San Jacinto valley was not an easy thing, unless he would give them away.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
For us to take her place it became necessary for us to loan before we could sell and buy.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for sell
- to convince someone else of one's potential or worth
- to give up one's moral or spiritual standards, etc
- informal to disparage or belittle
- finance to sell securities or goods without owning them in anticipation of buying them before delivery at a lower price
Derived forms of sellsellable, adjective
Word Origin for sell
Other Idioms and Phrases with sell
In addition to the idioms beginning with sell
- sell a bill of goods
- sell down the river
- sell like hot cakes
- sell off
- sell oneself
- sell out
- sell short
- sell someone on
- hard sell
- like hot cakes, sell