[ sel-awf, -of ]
/ ˈsɛlˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
Stock Exchange. a sudden and marked decline in stock or bond prices resulting from widespread selling.
an act or instance of liquidating assets or subsidiaries, as by divestiture.
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Sometimes sell·ing-off .
Origin of sell-off
First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase sell off
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British Dictionary definitions for sell-off
(tr, adverb) to sell (remaining or unprofitable items), esp at low prices
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Idioms and Phrases with sell-off
Get rid of by selling, often at reduced prices. For example, The jeweler was eager to sell off the last of the diamond rings. [c. 1700] Also see sell out, def. 1.
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