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oversold

[oh-ver-sohld] /ˌoʊ vərˈsoʊld/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of oversell.
adjective
2.
marked by prices considered unjustifiably low because of heavy and extensive selling:
The stock market is oversold.
Compare overbought.
Origin of oversold
1875-1880
1875-80; over- + sold

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
1570-80; over- + sell1
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Examples from the Web for oversold
Historical Examples
  • Some, fearing that the place had been oversold, were hastening to secure their seats.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • The friend who sold you the plant, about whom I happen to know a lot, oversold you.

    I Walked in Arden Jack Crawford
  • This number was oversold with a printed edition of two million copies—a record never before achieved by any magazine.

  • It was believed that the market had been oversold, and the holders held.

    Sevenoaks J. G. Holland
  • This number was oversold with a printed edition of two million copies--a record never before achieved by any magazine.

  • Before the stock certificate books were printed and delivered from the local printing office, we were, in fact, oversold.

    My Adventures with Your Money George Graham Rice
  • When this oversold condition of the contracting trades is realized, the prices of labor and of raw materials rise rapidly.

    Readings in Money and Banking Chester Arthur Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for oversold

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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