sell oneself

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sell oneself

1. To demonstrate one's talents, merits, or desirable characteristics, especially in order to become employed. I hate having to sell myself during job interviews—I always feel like I sound arrogant or phony! Remember that your profile on these dating website is meant to sell yourself, so really highlight the things you like best about you! You're selling yourself short, dude—you've got a lot of talents that you're not giving yourself credit for!
2. To degrade, compromise, or give away control of one's principles or potential for quick, short-term monetary gain. People commissioning artists often expect them to sell themselves for a pittance, simply because they feel like they can get away with it. You do realize that by standing against the labor unions, you're basically saying that you're willing to sell yourself for as little as the company sees fit, right?
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sell oneself

1. Convince another of one's merits, present oneself in a favorable light, as in A job interview is an ideal opportunity to sell oneself to a prospective employer. Originally this idiom, dating from the second half of the 1700s, alluded to selling one's services for money, but it was being used more loosely by the mid-1800s.
2. Compromise one's principles for monetary gain. An early version was sell oneself (or one's soul) to the devil, which alluded to enlisting the devil's help in exchange for one's soul after death. It is embodied in the legend of Faust, first recorded in the late 1500s.
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With the aid of its content, a newspaper, and some skimming of the cream of the pie-stock, Flora got through the remainder of the day in perfect good humour; though occasionally embarrassed by the consequences of an idle rumour which circulated among the credulous infants of the neighbourhood, to the effect that an old lady had sold herself to the pie-shop to be made up, and was then sitting in the pie-shop parlour, declining to complete her contract.
A TEENAGE Argos worker sold herself a brand new iPhone for just 25p in an idiotic fraud scam that landed her in court.
The 43-year-old Brit, who plays Cersei Lannister in the popular fantasy series, described her experiences of everyday sexism in the earlier years of her career, but insisted she never sold herself short.
Princess was just 10 when she first sold herself to old men on the streets of downtown Monrovia, who would pay her PS1.40 for sex.
"She sold herself as the radical alternative to Tory austerity but yesterday she sold out the people who needed her the most."
Enghelab News said she was an anti-revolutionary who had sold herself to monarchists and
Salim Jabar, one of Libya's most popular television preachers said that the team consisted of tall, good-looking young girls and this was something that the country did not need because since the first day that a Libyan woman signed up for the team, she had sold herself and brought shame to the country.
A casher in Doniphan, Mo., sold herself a $1 million lottery ticket, just one week after winning $500 off of a Pick 4 ticket.
13 New homes Property advisor sold herself on perfect pad that she spotted while at work.
Packaging takes you quite far in the movie business and it would be a pity if she sold herself short.
Now, we see the glorification--American idol style--of this mixed up young woman who sold herself (despite the dollar figures attached) so unbelievable cheaply.
She explained she sold herself for sex because she needed the money -but kept her job a secret from her family.
Truth was born into an enslaved family in Ulster County, New York, and was sold herself as a slave to a series of white families before ending up on the farm of John Dumont at the age of 13.
The public's respect for Alaska's First Lady of Television was so high that when she went on the air she sold herself, sold her charisma, and sold her honesty and integrity.
Some critics believed she sold herself short over the years and, after 20 years on the fringes of stardom, she remarked herself: 'I've never been fashionable.