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 forms

sell·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

1. See trade.
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British Dictionary definitions for sell up (1 of 2)

sell up


verb (adverb) mainly British

(tr) to sell all (the possessions or assets) of (a bankrupt debtor) in order to discharge his debts as far as possible
(intr) to sell a business

British Dictionary definitions for sell up (2 of 2)

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. Irish a great disappointmentthe service in the hotel was a sell

Derived Forms

sellable, 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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Idioms and Phrases with sell up

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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