- to dispose of entirely by selling: They sold out of Johnny's brownies before the bake sale was half over.
- to betray (an associate, one's country, one’s principles, a cause, etc.): He would never sell out to the enemy.
Idioms about sell
Origin of sell1
synonym study for sell
OTHER WORDS FROM sellsell·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for sell (2 of 2)
How to use sell in a sentence
To call East Palo Alto a “bedroom community” of Palo Alto would be a hard sell.
As for salaries, edtech benefits from going directly to consumers, making money less of a budget challenge and more of a sell to parents’ wallets.Teachers are leaving schools. Will they come to startups next?|Natasha Mascarenhas|October 30, 2020|TechCrunch
Going to be huge and again, the odds are higher than any weakness on any of them will be read as a contagious sell signal.After Wednesday’s monster sell-off, global markets remain choppy ahead of a Big Tech earnings bonanza|Bernhard Warner|October 29, 2020|Fortune
The price increases sometimes butt up against price ceilings that holding companies set, and while clients get the final say, buyers complain that the reasons for the increase can be opaque, and a tough sell back to their brand clients.‘More of an acceptable concept’: Publishers test more frequent ad price changes|Max Willens|October 16, 2020|Digiday
But, people will still need to pay to access that programming on the networks’ streamers’ ad-supported tiers and that may be a harder sell outside of the pay-TV bundle.How TV networks are setting up for the expanding ad-supported streaming war|Tim Peterson|September 23, 2020|Digiday
In political terms, this strikes me as far more sellable to the public than the coin.
British Dictionary definitions for sell
- to convince someone else of one's potential or worth
- to give up one's moral or spiritual standards, etc
- informal to disparage or belittle
- finance to sell securities or goods without owning them in anticipation of buying them before delivery at a lower price
Derived forms of sellsellable, adjective
Word Origin for sell
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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
- hard sell
- like hot cakes, sell