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To dispose of something by selling it, especially at reduced prices, in order to make money quickly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sell" and "off." She was forced to sell off all her antique jewelry to pay for her husband's debts after he passed away. I'm going to sell my stocks in the company before their value declines any further.
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sell something off
to sell all of something. We ended up with a large stock of out-of-style coats and we had to sell them all off at a loss. We sold off all the excess stock.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Get rid of by selling, often at reduced prices. For example, The jeweler was eager to sell off the last of the diamond rings. [c. 1700] Also see sell out, def. 1.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To get rid of something, especially investment assets, by selling: The company had to sell off some assets so that it could pay its debts. The bank foreclosed on my house and sold it off to the highest bidder.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.