sell out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sell out give information that compromises others
    • v sell out get rid of all one's merchandise
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Coca-Cola began to be sold in China, they used characters that would sound like "Coca-Cola" when spoken. Unfortunately, what they turned out to mean was "Bite the wax tadpole". It did not sell well
    • Sell out to dispose entirely of: to sell one's commission
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Quotations

  • Lope de Vega
    Lope de Vega
    “Never give anyone the advice to buy or sell shares, because the most benevolent price of advice can turn out badly.”
  • Curtis Carlson
    Curtis Carlson
    “You've got to be success minded. You've got to feel that things are coming your way when you're out selling; otherwise, you won't be able to sell anything.”
  • Ivern Ball
    Ivern Ball
    “He's the type who makes mountains out of molehills and then sells climbing equipment.”
  • Joan Didion
    Joan%20Didion
    “Writers are always selling somebody out.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sellan, to hand over; cf. Ice. selja, Goth. saljan.

Usage

In literature:

The term, selling a Jewish servant, in the Scripture, is simply the same as binding out a child under English law.
"Woman: Man's Equal" by Thomas Webster
Don't you like my selling and putting you out of a job?
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
The draper said he was just going to sell off the business and go into dairy farming, which was the most paying thing out.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
Lelsing put the ashes of his house into sacks and, loading them on his donkey, set out to sell them.
"Folklore of the Santal Parganas" by Cecil Henry Bompas
They ran along together for a year or more, selling a played-out mine now and then or a "promising claim," for a small sum.
"Old Gorgon Graham" by George Horace Lorimer
Mr. G., to whom I had bargained to sell my houses to arrive, (and he backed out) was an Englishman from Liverpool.
"The Adventures of a Forty-niner" by Daniel Knower
At Liverpool it sells for no more than L4 per ton, the duty out of which is L2 per ton.
"A Voyage Round the World, Vol. I" by James Holman
You'll bag L20 out of your lot if you sell them in the right place ashore.
"A Master of Fortune" by Cutcliffe Hyne
My partners were waiting for some to be finished so that they could go out and sell.
"History of the American Clock Business for the Past Sixty Years, and Life of Chauncey Jerome" by Chauncey Jerome
I was a scoundrel; they made me out blacker than Marat; forced me to sell out; ruined me.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
It has been hard for me to believe that a woman would sell me out.
"The Daredevil" by Maria Thompson Daviess
SELLING POWER=: Study out plans.
"Supreme Personality" by Delmer Eugene Croft
We hammered at a store door, and at last a man came out and said he had nothing to sell.
"In the Ranks of the C.I.V." by Erskine Childers
The storage eggs begin to come out in August and at first sell about the same as fresh.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
He is now gone out to try to sell 'a bit of daub' for me.
"Notes and Queries, Number 49, Saturday, Oct. 5, 1850" by Various
Those he did not sell he hired out to other families.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Dem ignorant niggers wud sell out fer er seegar er a stick er candy.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
It had seemed the simplest thing to do, to sell out, leave that part of the country, and forget what had happened.
"Partners of Chance" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Having reached this goal he intended, as soon as he decently could, to sell out and retire.
"A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs" by George M. Wrong
Charley will sell out, of course?
"Guy Livingstone;" by George A. Lawrence
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In poetry:

And there we turned out blithely
Australian poems sound,
To sell in lengths like carpet,
And also by the pound.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley
And we who once rang out like a bell,
Have nothing now to show or to sell;
Old bones to carry, old stories to tell:
So it is to be an Old Soldier.
"Old Soldier" by Padraic Colum
Said Italy,--"I think I'll stay out,
Till I know what this row is about;
It's a far better plan,
Just to sell my banan',
Till the issue is plain beyond doubt."
"Modern Diplomacy, Or How The War Was Started" by Abner Cosens
With my rights (or my wrongs) in the "Erie,"--alas!
With my claims on the mournful and "Mutual Mass.;"
With my "Phil. Wil. and Balt.," with my "C. B. and Q.;"
But I never, no never, will sell out of you.
"For The Centennial Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The tightest man I know is an Irish Eskimo,
He's selling grapes with whiskers on beneath a burning sun.
And he's working night and day, though his feet are turning grey,
Trying to straighten out bananas, and that's a thing he hasn't done!
"The Tightest Man I Know" by Billy Bennett
So draw up the paper, lawyer, and I'll go home to-night,
And read the agreement to her, and see if it's all right;
And then, in the mornin', I'll sell to a tradin' man I know,
And kiss the child that was left to us, and out in the world I'll go.
"Betsey And I Are Out" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

But this is one most people have not heard much about because it's not centered in Chicago or Springfield, and there are no sleazy politicians selling out the public interest.
Nintendo's Wii U shakes up gaming, may sell out quickly .
35 credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer sells out within hours of launch.
CEO Chats, Adobe Retina Display Updates, Kindle Fire Sells Out.
Miranda Lambert performed two sold out shows over the weekend at the legendary Billy Bob's Texas in Ft. Lambert is the first artist to ever sell out back-to-back shows in the history of the venue.
The Kings have struggled to fill Power Balance Pavilion this year, selling out just three home games.
The TiK ToK hitmaker, who shot to fame in 2009, will share how she went from waiting tables and working as a songwriter in Los Angeles to selling out concerts around the world.
IPad mini Selling Out at Retail, Apple Implements Next-Day Reservations.
T-Paw can't even pretend he likes selling out to Wall Street.
AC/DC's 'Back in Black' Guitar Riff on Walmart Commercials – Sell out or Not.
Loyal as he is (for a Canadian), Kiernan didn't sell out, instead bringing his signature "In the Papers" segment to the big stage.
Kenny Chesney, Tim Mcgraw and Jake Owen are selling out NFL stadiums all over America on the Brothers of the Sun tour.
The Rolling Stones Sell Out London O2 Arena Shows in Seven Minutes.
Football season is here again, which means that thousands of fans will be forced to pay $200 to sit in $55 seats when games sell out.
Portland Timbers sell out season tickets -- already Dec 5, 12:09 am Contemplating Portland Timbers' season tickets for 2013.
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In science:

This coming year, we should capitalize on our Einstein connection and use him to sell gravitational physics, both within the scientific community and out in public.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
As pointed out by Jouini (2000, pp. 548–549), the bid-ask spread on stock prices, though interpreted as variable transaction costs, can also be explained by the buying and selling of limit orders.
The fundamental theorem of asset pricing under proportional transaction costs
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