verb (past and past participle sold /səʊld/)[with object]
- 1Give or hand over (something) in exchange for money: they had sold the car the family business had been sold off [with two objects]: I was trying to sell him my butterfly collectionMore example sentences
dispose of, get rid of, vend, auction (off); put up for sale, offer for sale, put on sale; trade, barter, exchange, part-exchange, give in part-exchangevending, selling off, auctioning, trading, trade (in); traffic, trafficking, barter, bartering, exchange, exchanging, part-exchange, part-exchangingsalesmanship, sales, marketing, merchandising, promotion, advertising
- The leasing driver has the chance to buy the car outright, renegotiate a lease, or they are sold to a car auction.
- Is the site being sold to make money for Hackney council?
- To clarify, I don't mind waiting until all the puppies are sold to collect money.
- 1.1Have a stock of (something) available for sale: the store sells hi-fis, TVs, videos, and other electrical goodsMore example sentences
- He says the stores that sell them are running stock clearance sales just now and they're to be had for a good price.
- That means stocking, promoting and selling hunting products.
- Specialist hi-fi stores do sell the high end famous brands as well: Toshiba, Sony, Pioneer, Marantz.
- 1.2 [no object] Be purchased in specified amounts or for a specified price: the album sold 6 million copies in the United States this magazine of yours won’t sell these antiques of the future sell for about £375More example sentences
- If I sold at that price there is nowhere in the country I could get something similar.
- They are more than dumb pieces of suede, fashioned by Spanish craftsmen and sold at a bargain price in a long forgotten shoe shop in Sevilla.
- These were difficult to obtain on the open market and sold at premium prices.
- 1.3 [no object] (sell out) Sell all of one’s stock of something: they had nearly sold out of the initial run of 75,000 copiesMore example sentences
- Our Dorking store has sold out of videos and other stores are saying that stocks are running low.
- Linda told us that she took a bag full of Socialist Worker Miners' Strike specials and T-shirts, sold out of all of them, and even took orders for more.
- I'm hoping they just sold out of the black and white, because I'd hate to think the color one was more popular.
- 1.4 [no object] (sell out) Be all sold: it was clear that the performances would not sell outMore example sentences
be bought up, be depleted, be exhausted
- Tickets for the play's 24 performances sold out in less than two days, the majority of them bought by one of the youngest audiences the theatre can recall.
- Of the 24 professional performances, six sold out, and a further eight filled at least 85 per cent of the seats.
- It's only the evening performances which are sold out.
- 1.5 [no object] (sell through) (Of a product) be purchased by a customer from a retail outlet.More example sentences
- Convenience goods are generally sold through many retail outlets so that buyers have easy access to the product.
- In addition to catalog sales, Venus sells through its Jacksonville retail outlet and also distributes wholesale to surf shops and speciality stores worldwide.
- Gateway sells through retail outlets, whereas Dell's business relies on the factory direct model.
- 1.6 [no object] (sell up) British Sell all of one’s property, possessions, or assets: Ernest sold up and retiredMore example sentences
- He applied to Richmond Council to build houses and offices on the site, but the application was refused, so he sold up to property developers who have since submitted a succession of planning applications.
- The owners are selling up to a property developer and will retire rich.
- This limits movement around the market for existing home owners who are looking to sell up, grinding the property chain to a halt.
- 1.7 (sell oneself) Have sex in exchange for money: if she was going to sell herself then it would be as well not to come too cheapMore example sentences
- The fact that women end up on the street selling themselves cheaply to get money for drugs is tragedy in itself.
- During the time I spent living rough, I met many homeless people, girls and boys, who had started selling themselves for money.
- In the course of his conversations with her, he told her that back in the day, things were so hard that he used to sell himself to make money!
- 1.8 [no object] (sell out) Abandon one’s principles for reasons of expedience: the prime minister has come under fire for selling out to the United StatesMore example sentences
- Instead he berates him for abandoning his country and selling out to make money.
- He believes the group has demonstrated that ‘independent drinks companies’ have a real alternative to selling out to one of the global drinks giants.
- It is another thing entirely to be a corporate whore, selling out to the highest bidder because the CEO fattens your campaign chest.
- 1.9 (sell someone out) Betray someone for one’s own benefit: the clansmen became tenants and the chiefs sold them outMore example sentences
betray, inform on/against; be disloyal to, be unfaithful to, desert, break one's promise to, double-cross, break faith with, stab in the back• informal tell on, sell down the river, blow the whistle on, squeal on, stitch up, peach on, do the dirty onBritish • informal grass on, shopAustralian • informal pimp on, pool, put someone's pot on
- I feel we have been sold out by the interim management team led by Mr Dawson.
- In his acceptance speech, Patrick talked about the raw deal given the fishermen, that they were sold out by the government.
- A lot of us are angry because we don't know what's happening and the people who have put quite a lot of years into the company feel they have been sold out.
- 2Persuade someone of the merits of: he sold the idea of making a film about Tchaikovsky he just won’t sell himselfMore example sentences
- Lecturing us on how to keep our linen cupboards tidy, we are being sold the idea that cleaning is cool and that a few crumbs under the toaster is an indication of failure.
- With an eye on the commissions earned from these products brokers were cashing in on the equity craze at a time when the world was being sold the idea of building a share portfolio.
- Politicians have been sold the idea that it is a big wealth-creating industry that must be cherished at all costs and now refuse to face the downside.
- 2.1 (sell someone on) Cause someone to become enthusiastic about: I’m just not sold on the ideaMore example sentences
- He worked in radio and sold Hollywood on the idea for the movie.
- But trainer Rick Griffin sold Buhner on the idea that he could still be a contributor on the field and in the clubhouse.
- Now Jerry had always wanted a poolroom, but knew he would have to sell Sherry on the idea.
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- 1An act of selling or attempting to sell something: every other television commercial is a sell for Australian lagerMore example sentences
- We'll look at the tough sell facing our commerce secretary in Beijing.
- For one, getting capital from skittish investors proved a tough sell.
- Still, in Leadbetter's opinion, the sell here is the method, the program, the environment.
sell someone a bill of goods
- see bill of goods.
sell someone down the river
- see river.
sell someone a (or the) dummy
- see dummy.
sell the pass
- see pass2.
sell someone a pup
- see pup.
sell someone/thing short
sell one's soul (to the devil)
- Do or be willing to do anything, no matter how wrong it is, in order to achieve one’s objective: it is very easy to get to the top of any employment structure if you are prepared to sell your soulMore example sentences
- But when you sell your soul, no matter for what price, you die inside.
- It's more like selling my soul to Satan, except I don't have anything to gain.
- It doesn't take much intelligence to understand that once you have sold your soul to the devil, you can't buy it back.
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- The wonderful city of York, with its world famous charms, attracts more than four million visitors a year and is an extremely sellable destination overseas.
- I think that makes the club more sellable, and I'm a bit more hopeful than I've been for the past few days.
- Opening a distillery and producing a sellable whisky is even more difficult - unless you are lucky enough to buy one with all its equipment in working order and (most importantly) with aged whisky stock.
Old English sellan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse selja 'give up, sell'. Early use included the sense 'give, hand (something) over voluntarily in response to a request'.