sell as

sell (someone, something, or oneself) as (something)

To portray or represent someone, something, oneself as a particular kind of person or thing, especially in order to gain the approval o acceptance of others. They sold this legislation as a huge overhaul the tax system desperately needed, but it never came close to He's always selling himself as some kind of tortured artist, but I think he's just being pretentious. You'll have to really sell her as the best possible candidate for the job if you want the committee to approve of your recommendation.
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sell someone or something as something

to put someone or something up for consideration as something. The political party tried to sell the candidate as a responsible administrator. The sales force was told to sell the paint as the best available anywhere.
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Perkins if they could call at just a few houses coming and going, and sell a little soap for the Simpsons, she at first replied decidedly in the negative.
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France's sovereign wealth fund Fonds Strategique d'Investissement (FSI) had entered into an agreement in principle to sell a block of nearly 1.