sell yourself short

sell yourself short

1. If you sell yourself short, you describe yourself as less clever or talented than you really are. We should not sell ourselves short. Our work here is important and we should put a proper value on it.
2. If you sell yourself short, you do things that do not show how clever or talented you are. He's clearly a bright man and yet he sticks with quiz shows. Does he never feel that he is selling himself short? Note: The reference here is to someone being cheated by being given less of something than they have paid for.
See also: sell, short

sell yourself/somebody/something ˈshort

describe yourself/somebody/something as being less good, valuable, etc. than you, etc. really are: Don’t sell yourself short when you go for an interview.It was a great idea, but you sold it short.