sell short


Contract for the sale of securities or commodities one expects to own at a later date and at a lower price, as in Selling short runs the risk of a market rise, forcing one to pay more than one expected. [Mid-1800s]

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How to use sell short in a sentence

  • They could never bet on failure or meaningless market movement, the way Wall hedgies do when they sell short.

    Soothsayers of Silicon Valley | Adam Hanft | October 23, 2008 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The term bear is applied to those who sell short stock, with the purpose of depreciating values.

  • If stocks start down as I say they will, sell short, cover at noon, and then buy for the rise.

    The Root of Evil | Thomas Dixon
  • But if there were not people born who sell short, they would almost have to be invented.

  • While in this dotty State and quite irresponsible, he directed the Manager to close out the whole Smear and sell short.

    Ade's Fables | George Ade
  • It is verboten to sell short weights, and for this the punishment is severe.

    Germany in War Time | Mary Ethel McAuley