sell up

verb(adverb) mainly British
  1. (tr) to sell all (the possessions or assets) of (a bankrupt debtor) in order to discharge his debts as far as possible

  2. (intr) to sell a business

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How to use sell up in a sentence

  • Mother and I arranged for the funerals, but we had to sell up the home.

    The Soul of John Brown | Stephen Graham
  • Chattaway can sell up everything if he chooses; and I fear there's little hope but he will do it.

    Trevlyn Hold | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Don't forget the Leroy paper, renew Beaumont, but sell up that artist scamp to the last stick and stone.

    Adrien Leroy | Charles Garvice
  • The rich man must sell up not only himself but his whole class; and that can be done only through the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

    Preface to Androcles and the Lion | George Bernard Shaw
  • Only a small portion of them, however, had wanted to sell up to date.

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux