Origin of selling
verb (used with object), sold, sell·ing.
verb (used without object), sold, sell·ing.
- to dispose of entirely by selling.
- to betray (an associate, one's country, a cause, etc.); turn traitor: He committed suicide rather than sell out to the enemy.
Origin of sell1
Synonyms for sell
Antonyms for sell
Related Words for sellingauction, transfer, trading, sale, commerce, business, vending, merchandising, transferring, traffic
Examples from the Web for selling
Contemporary Examples of selling
There is just no way of selling this picture with an innocent defense like, “she just asked for a snap.”Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’
January 4, 2015
He was not selling “loosies” that day, no cigarettes were found on his person, and thus there was no probable cause in play.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
Even the legendary 1980s televisions show Dallas is back on the air, selling its twenty-first century brand of Texas bravado.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
The process of co-opting black music and selling it back to the adoring public in whiteface is as American as apple pie.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
We see a system that will indict a 20-year-old for selling crack but not a police officer for choking the life out of a citizen.Bobby Shmurda and Rap’s Ultimate Hoop Dream
December 23, 2014
Historical Examples of selling
Well, I'm buying and she's selling, and we'll have that money back.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I have seen legislators bought like bullocks--they selling themselves.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
There's no reason why these books should not keep on selling.Her Father's Daughter
He regretted to say that the book was not selling so well as he had hoped it would sell.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
It is only a question of buying upon his part and of selling upon mine.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
verb sells, selling or sold
- to convince someone else of one's potential or worth
- to give up one's moral or spiritual standards, etc
- informalto disparage or belittle
- financeto sell securities or goods without owning them in anticipation of buying them before delivery at a lower price
Word Origin for sell
Old English sellan "to give, furnish, supply, lend; surrender, give up; deliver to; promise," from Proto-Germanic *saljan "offer up, deliver" (cf. Old Norse selja "to hand over, deliver, sell;" Old Frisian sella, Old High German sellen "to give, hand over, sell;" Gothic saljan "to offer a sacrifice"), ultimately from PIE root *sel- (3) "to take, grasp."
Meaning "to give up for money" had emerged by c.1000, but in Chaucer selle still can mean "to give." Students of Old English learn early that the word that looks like sell usually means "give." An Old English word for "to sell" was bebycgan, from bycgan "to buy."
Slang meaning "to swindle" is from 1590s. The noun phrase hard sell is recorded from 1952. To sell one's soul is from c.1570. Sell-by date is from 1972. To sell like hot cakes is from 1839. Selling-point attested from 1959.
To sell (someone) down the river is first recorded 1927, but probably from or with recollection of slavery days, on notion of sale from the Upper South to the cotton plantations of the Deep South (attested in this literal sense since 1851).
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