Torture never convinced either of these men to sell out Osama Bin Laden.
The Dallas Cowboys sell out their state-of-the art football stadium.
On the other hand, 1,300 people wouldn't be enough to sell out one performance of Wicked on Broadway.
Failed statehood is what happens when you sell out your own people to do a deal with the czar.
Despite the steep prices, tickets to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (February 24-27, 2011) sell out at lightning speed.
Well, if they didn't like to sell out at the right time, it was their own faults.
She has agreed to sell out her country, the land she was born in, for hire.
Mavy's friends kept the toughs off, and I believe he'll sell out everything he has in his wagon.
Your crowd is going to sell out to the Paramount—it's your plot.
One plan of acquiring sudden wealth was to "salt" a wild cat claim and sell out while the excitement was up.
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).
To become a traitor, esp to prostitute one's ideals, talents, etc, for money or other comforts: are often labeled Toms and mammies who sold out/ accuse them of selling out Chiang Kai-shek (1888+)
To dispose of entirely by sale: You can't get that here, we sold out (1796+)
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'']