sell out

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Wikipedia.
Related to sell out: sell someone out

sell (one) out

To betray someone's confidence. Part of the discontentment among voters comes from the sentiment that those in government sold them out when the economy collapsed. Jacob sold the others out to the police so that he would avoid jail time.
See also: out, sell

sell out

1. Of a stock of something, to be sold completely. The tickets sold out in a matter of minutes. I've been trying to find the toy Janet wants for Christmas, but every store is sold out.
2. To abandon or betray one's espoused principles or cause, especially in the pursuit of profit or personal advantage. Many of his fans felt he sold out when he signed on to a major record label.
See also: out, sell

sell someone out

 and sell someone down the river
to betray someone; to reveal damaging information about someone. Bill told everything he knew about Bob, and that sold Bob down the river. You'll be sorry if you sell me out. Lefty sold out his friends, and we'll all soon be arrested.
See also: out, sell

sell something out

to sell all of something. Have they sold their supply out yet? The stores sold out their stocks of that game long before Christmas.
See also: out, sell

sell out (to someone)

1. to sell everything, such as all one's property or one's company, to someone. The farmer finally gave up and sold out to a large corporation. I refuse to sell out no matter what they offer me.
2. to betray someone or something to someone. I think that you have sold out to the enemy!
See also: out, sell

sold out

[of a product] completely sold with no more items remaining; [of a store] having no more of a particular product. The tickets were sold out so we couldn't go to the concert. I wanted new shoes like yours, but they were sold out.
See also: out, sold

sell out

1. Dispose of entirely by selling. For example, The rancher finally sold out to the oil company, or The tickets to the concert were sold out a month ago. [Late 1700s]
2. Betray one's cause or colleagues, as in He sold out to the other side. [Slang; late 1800s]
See also: out, sell

sell out

1. To be sold completely: The tickets will sell out by tomorrow.
2. To sell one's entire supply of a particular item: I'm afraid we sold out all our ice cream, kids! The hardware store sold out of plywood as the hurricane moved closer to shore.
3. To cause some supply of merchandise to be sold completely. Used in the passive: We can't get into the theater because the tickets are sold out.
4. To cause some vendor to sell its entire supply of something. Used in the passive: I wanted to buy more spoons, but the store was sold out.
5. To sell one's entire stake in a business or venture: The owners of the liquor store plan to sell out as soon as they can find a buyer.
6. To betray one's cause or colleagues, especially for money: The disloyal baseball player sold out to another team.
7. To betray someone or something, especially for money: The manager sold out his staff in order to keep his own job. Our agent sold us out when she moved to a better company and dropped us as a client.
See also: out, sell
References in periodicals archive ?
Originally scheduled to perform in 12 major markets in North America with additional stops in Paris and London, the demand for tickets was so high that in New York city after two Madison Square Garden dates sold out in record time, Madonna's manager, Caresse Henry, and the worldwide tour promoter, Clear Channel Entertainment, added four subsequent performances (June 20, 2l, 23 and 24) which were instant sell outs as well.
The event is now in its sixth yea r and returns after four consecutiv e sell outs with headliners including The Ordinary Boys and ska legend Neville Staple and his band.
Due to anticipated sell outs, many fans are turning to the secondary ticket market to secure their seats early.
His videos and DVDs sell in millions and his live appearance are sell outs months in advance.
Competitors may decry Tony Hawk's ever-expanding choices of promotional partners as being sell outs to the mainstream.
Eight of the 20 qualifying matches are sell outs, though good news for north west fishermen who might be dawdling, is that tickets for the September 8 event on the Lancaster Canal are still available.