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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
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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  • The little stadium was more impossibly oversold than ever.
  • Anticipating no-shows, airlines routinely oversold their flights.
  • The benefits of new technologies-from genetically engineered food to the wonders of pharmaceuticals-often have been oversold.
  • Secondly, and perhaps more pertinent to today's debate, officials arguably oversold the stimulus package's inherent efficiency.
  • More empty seats on flights that could have otherwise been full if they were oversold.
  • Goldman said he thought all the bottling stocks had been oversold.
  • The danger here is that fission-fusion hybrids will be oversold.
  • There is already a backlash against genomics, which has been oversold to consumers as a deterministic science.
  • So governments should be neutral about home-ownership, whose benefits have been oversold.
  • As for the argument that emerging markets are being oversold, there is surely a lot to justify the enthusiasm.
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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