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sell (or sell off) the family jewels

Definition of sell or sell off the family jewels in English:

Part with or sell valuable or precious resources for the sake of immediate profit or advantage: Rangers have been systematically selling off the family jewels
More example sentences
  • I am able to pay for this private treatment without having to sell the family jewels.
  • There are accusations of selling off the family jewels to pay for extravagant building projects.
  • I was pleasantly surprised that the government is not selling the family jewels.
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