sellout

[ sel-out ]
/ ˈsɛlˌaʊt /

noun

an act or instance of selling out.
an entertainment, as a show or athletic event, for which all the seats are sold.
Informal. a person who betrays a cause, organization, or the like; traitor.
Informal. a person who compromises his or her personal values, integrity, talent, or the like, for money or personal advancement.

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Origin of sellout

1855–60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase sell out
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British Dictionary definitions for sellout

sell out

verb (adverb)

to dispose of (supplies of something) completely by sellingAlso (chiefly Brit): sell up
(tr) informal to betray, esp through a secret agreement
(intr) informal to abandon one's principles, standards, etc

noun sellout

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Idioms and Phrases with sellout

sell out

1

Dispose of entirely by selling. For example, The rancher finally sold out to the oil company, or The tickets to the concert were sold out a month ago. [Late 1700s]

2

Betray one's cause or colleagues, as in He sold out to the other side. [Slang; late 1800s]

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