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oversell

[oh-ver-sel] /ˌoʊ vərˈsɛl/
verb (used with object), oversold, overselling.
1.
to sell more of (a stock, product, etc.) than can be delivered.
2.
to sell aggressively, as by using high-pressure merchandising techniques.
3.
to emphasize the good points of excessively and to a self-defeating extent:
She so oversold the picnic that I became convinced I'd have a better time at the movies.
verb (used without object), oversold, overselling.
4.
to sell something aggressively.
5.
to make extreme claims for something or someone.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; over- + sell1
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  • Citric acid is a product where the domestic industry sells out its capacity, and imports generally oversell domestic producers.
British Dictionary definitions for oversell

oversell

/ˌəʊvəˈsɛl/
verb -sells, -selling, -sold
1.
(transitive) to sell more of (a commodity) than can be supplied
2.
to use excessively aggressive methods in selling (commodities)
3.
(transitive) to exaggerate the merits of
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