verb (used with object), sold, sell·ing.
verb (used without object), sold, sell·ing.
- to dispose of entirely by selling.
- to betray (an associate, one's country, a cause, etc.); turn traitor: He committed suicide rather than sell out to the enemy.
Origin of sell1
British Dictionary definitions for sell out (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sell out (2 of 2)
verb sells, selling or sold
- 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
Word Origin for sell
Idioms and Phrases with sell out (1 of 2)
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]
Betray one's cause or colleagues, as in He sold out to the other side. [Slang; late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with sell out (2 of 2)
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