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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References in classic literature ?
We've sold ourselves for a hundred bucks, an' we gotta deliver the goods.
"We set ourselves a goal of wanting to do really well, of really attacking Europe and we feel we've sold ourselves a little bit short.
NNA - "We would have sold ourselves cheaply had we nominated MP Michel Aoun or MP Sleiman Frangieh for presidency," said resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi on Sunday during a meeting with visiting delegations at his Tripoli home.
"We have always sold ourselves as being a finance provider that excels at providing funding in tricky situations, and this deal is a perfect illustration of that skill set."
"We have sold ourselves short in the games with Morton and I don't think they've deserved to take all nine points from the three games with us.
"It should raise the thinking and ambitions of our athletes because we've sold ourselves short of late.
"In a sense, we've sold ourselves out of our jobs - although we knew that day would finally come.
"We were still in the coach at 3 o'clock and we've sold ourselves and our fans short."
And as Sir Herman Ouseley, himself of immigrant stock, so bravely said in his report on strife-torn Oldham: "Self-appointed community leaders have been allowed to keep their communities remote from the rest of us for no better reason than the preservation of their own power base." As I say, we sold ourselves too cheap.
We done sold ourselves to the white man in order to be like him.
He said: "In the past there were too many issues we were unsure of and if we had done it earlier we might have sold ourselves short.
The general consensus from the meeting was that we sold ourselves short and let the management down.