A few months before all hell broke loose, she suggested we sell some of our holdings with Madoff.
If the buyer prefered to avoid that route, well, Danny says he would be reluctant to sell the firearm.
But the book continues to sell and the television show of the same name premiered its fourth season this week on DirecTV.
My unemployed boyfriend spends his days writing books and crafting inventions to sell on QVC.
Think how many jars of three-bean salad you're going to sell!
Syloson said that he would not sell it, but would give it to him.
It occurred to him that he could sell them at a market store in the village.
Well, Sylvester returned with the announcement that he had lightning-rods to sell.
I'll give you two cents a pound for as many as you want to sell.
Tell 'im he mustn't go tryin' to sell them notes, or 'e'll be smugged.
Old English sellan "to give, furnish, supply, lend; surrender, give up; deliver to; promise," from Proto-Germanic *saljan "offer up, deliver" (cf. Old Norse selja "to hand over, deliver, sell;" Old Frisian sella, Old High German sellen "to give, hand over, sell;" Gothic saljan "to offer a sacrifice"), ultimately from PIE root *sel- (3) "to take, grasp."
Meaning "to give up for money" had emerged by c.1000, but in Chaucer selle still can mean "to give." Students of Old English learn early that the word that looks like sell usually means "give." An Old English word for "to sell" was bebycgan, from bycgan "to buy."
Slang meaning "to swindle" is from 1590s. The noun phrase hard sell is recorded from 1952. To sell one's soul is from c.1570. Sell-by date is from 1972. To sell like hot cakes is from 1839. Selling-point attested from 1959.
To sell (someone) down the river is first recorded 1927, but probably from or with recollection of slavery days, on notion of sale from the Upper South to the cotton plantations of the Deep South (attested in this literal sense since 1851).
A hoax or swindle; a deception: The Cardiff Giant was a ''sell'' (1838+)
[first verb sense said in an article of 1810 to be derived from sell a bargain, ''the dexterous transfer of any unmarketable commodity for a high price to an unwary customer'']