Definition of sell-out in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛlaʊt/


1An event for which all tickets are sold: the game is sure to be a sell-out
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  • So if you missed out on tickets for the sell-out Edinburgh event, make your way to the Globe Arena on September 10 and 11.
  • The event was a sell-out success and the organisers are now almost certain to bring the event back to the town in May 2005.
  • It was a sell-out night with 400 tickets sold, many to students at the school.
2A betrayal of one’s principles for reasons of expedience: one of the biggest political sell-outs in decades
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  • There was no doubt that many in the folk music scene regarded the transition to electric guitar as a betrayal and a sell-out of everything they believed in.
  • It is a sell-out - an utter betrayal of the working people of this country, and of every patriotic New Zealander.
  • A shameful catalogue of abandonment, betrayal, sell-out, dishonesty and total breach of trust.
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