- Stock Exchange. a sudden and marked decline in stock or bond prices resulting from widespread selling.
- an act or instance of liquidating assets or subsidiaries, as by divestiture.
Origin of sell-off
First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase sell off
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Examples from the Web for sell-off
Only in the midst of a sell-off tinged by group-think could these numbers be made to be bad.It's Not the Economy, Stupid!
August 10, 2011
This sell-off speaks to the continuing anxiety that a world not led by the United States and Europe and Japan is a world adrift.Wall Street Is Irrelevant
August 5, 2011