Nearby words

  1. selkirk,
  2. selkirk mountains,
  3. selkirk rex,
  4. selkirk, alexander,
  5. selkirkshire,
  6. sell a bill of goods,
  7. sell down the river,
  8. sell in,
  9. sell like hot cakes,
  10. sell off

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 formssell·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

1. See trade.

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British Dictionary definitions for sell out

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

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. Irisha great disappointmentthe service in the hotel was a sell

Derived Formssellable, 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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Word Origin and History for sell out

sell

v.
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Idioms and Phrases with sell out

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]

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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