Idioms

    sell short. short(def 49).
    sell (someone) a bill of goods. bill of goods(def 3).

Origin of sell

1
before 900; Middle English sellen (v.), Old English sellan orig., to give, hence, give up (someone) to an enemy, betray, exchange for money; cognate with Old Norse selja, Low German sellen, Gothic saljan to give up, sell, orig., to cause to take; akin to Greek heleîn to take

Related forms

sell·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

1. See trade.

Definition for sell (2 of 2)

sell

2
[ sel ]
/ sɛl /

noun, adjective, pronoun Scot.


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British Dictionary definitions for sell

sell

/ (sɛl) /

verb sells, selling or sold


noun

the act or an instance of sellingCompare hard sell, soft sell
informal
  1. a trick, hoax, or deception
  2. Irish a great disappointmentthe service in the hotel was a sell

Derived Forms

sellable, adjective

Word Origin for sell

Old English sellan to lend, deliver; related to Old Norse selja to sell, Gothic saljan to offer sacrifice, Old High German sellen to sell, Latin cōnsilium advice
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Idioms and Phrases with sell

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

also see:

  • hard sell
  • like hot cakes, sell

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