- seller's option,
- sellers screw thread,
- sellers' market,
- sellick's maneuver,
- selling climax,
- selling floor,
- selling point,
- selling race,
- selling short
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
Examples from the Web for 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’|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He was not selling “loosies” that day, no cigarettes were found on his person, and thus there was no probable cause in play.
Even the legendary 1980s televisions show Dallas is back on the air, selling its twenty-first century brand of Texas bravado.
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.
The United Nations was prompted to impose a ban on selling mainframe computers or laptops to North Korea.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was jealous, too, of the toyshop keepers who were selling their handsome wares.Mitz and Fritz of Germany|Madeline Brandeis
The pool will spring upon the market, right and left, selling thousands upon thousands of shares.The President|Alfred Henry Lewis
"Mr. Street is selling windmills," explained Miss Rutherford.The Sheriff's Son|William MacLeod Raine
And today every salesman has one pasted in his selling portfolio.The Knack of Managing|Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
The next day I happened to pass the place again and they were selling the same watch.The Iron Puddler|James J. Davis
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