sell off

sell off
verb
get rid of by selling, usually at reduced prices
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The store sold off the surplus merchandise

Derivationally related forms: ↑selloff
Hypernyms: ↑sell
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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transitive verb
: to dispose of by selling especially completely

what business firm would seek to improve its position by selling off its soundest assets — Bradford Smith

scraped together all of its assets and sold them off

: to suffer a drop in selling prices : fall

the market has been selling off for six months — New York Herald Tribune

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sell off
To sell cheaply in order to dispose of (sellˈ-off noun)
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Main Entry:sell

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ˌsell ˈoff [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they sell off he/she/it sells off present participle selling off past tense sold off past participle sold off] phrasal verb
to sell something quickly and for a low price, usually because you need money

The company will have to sell off assets to avoid bankruptcy.

Thesaurus: to sell somethingsynonym
Main entry: sell

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sell off [phrasal verb]
sell (something) off or sell off (something) : to sell (something) especially for a low price in order to get rid of it quickly or to get money that you need

He sold off his car so he could move overseas.

The family plans to sell some of the property off.

— see also sell-off
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Main Entry:sell

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  • sell-off — sell ,off noun count 1. ) AMERICAN a situation in which a lot of STOCKS are sold at the same time, making prices go down: a temporary sell off on Wall Street 2. ) BRITISH a situation in which a business or part of a business is sold …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sell-off — sell′ off or sell′ing off′ n. 1) ecn bus a sudden and marked decline in stock or bond prices resulting from widespread selling 2) bus an act or instance of liquidating assets or subsidiaries • Etymology: 1935–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • sell-off — n 1.) BrE the sale of an industry that the government owns, to private companies or other people 2.) AmE the sale of a lot of ↑stocks or ↑shares, which makes the price decrease …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sell-off — [sel′ôf΄] n. a period of heavy selling as on a stock exchange, resulting in a marked decline in prices …   English World dictionary

  • sell off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms sell off : present tense I/you/we/they sell off he/she/it sells off present participle selling off past tense sold off past participle sold off to sell something quickly and for a low price, usually because… …   English dictionary

  • sell off — PHRASAL VERB If you sell something off, you sell it because you need the money. → See also sell off [V P n (not pron)] The company is selling off some sites and concentrating on cutting debts... [V n P] We had to sell things off to pay …   English dictionary

  • Sell-Off — The rapid selling of securities, such as stocks, bonds and commodities. The increase in supply leads to a decline in the value of the security. A sell off may occur for many reasons. For example, if a company issues a disappointing earnings… …   Investment dictionary

  • sell-off — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms sell off : singular sell off plural sell offs business 1) British a situation in which a business or part of a business is sold 2) American a situation in which a lot of stocks are sold at the same time, making …   English dictionary

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