[sel-awf, -of]


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.

Sometimes sell·ing-off.

Origin of sell-off

First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase sell off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sell-off

jam, bargain

Examples from the Web for sell-off

Contemporary Examples of sell-off

  • Only in the midst of a sell-off tinged by group-think could these numbers be made to be bad.

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    It's Not the Economy, Stupid!

    Zachary Karabell

    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.

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    Wall Street Is Irrelevant

    Zachary Karabell

    August 5, 2011