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  1. an act or instance of selling out.
  2. an entertainment, as a show or athletic event, for which all the seats are sold.
  3. Informal. a person who betrays a cause, organization, or the like; traitor.
  4. Informal. a person who compromises his or her personal values, integrity, talent, or the like, for money or personal advancement.
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Origin of sellout

1855–60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase sell out
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Related Words for sellout

giveaway, double-dealing, deception, trickery, duplicity, treachery, unfaithfulness, perfidy, treason, falseness, dishonesty

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Word Origin and History for sellout


also sell-out, "corrupt bargain," 1862 (in Mary Chesnut's diary), from the verbal phrase (at that time often meaning "dispose of one's interests" in a company, etc.), from sell (v.) + out (adv.). Meaning "event for which all tickets have been sold" is attested from 1923. The verbal phrase sell out "prostitute one's ideals or talents" is attested from 1888.

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