Borrowing shares of stock from a brokerage firm (see broker) and then selling in the expectation that the price of the stock will decline. If it does, the borrower buys them back at a reduced price, returns them to the brokerage, and makes a profit. If it rises, the investor loses money. To sell short is to “short” a stock.
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How to use selling short in a sentence
selling short, which is surely immoral, should be taxed at 110 percent of profit.
They let their friends into the secret, and there was soon a great deal of “selling short” in this stock.Lights and Shadows of New York Life | James D. McCabe
What would you have thought if anybody had written anonymously to the Sentinel, and had accused you of selling short measure?The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford | Mark Rutherford
Taking advantage of the inflated market, many of our shrewdest operators are selling short.The Innocents Abroad | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Very heavy fines used to be inflicted on persons selling short weight of bread.England in the Days of Old | William Andrews
A batch of informations had been laid against “respectable bakers” for selling short weight bread; they were fined 11s.Yarmouth Notes | Frederick Danby Palmer