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sell someone down the river

Slang definitions & phrases for sell someone down the river

sell someone down the river

verb phrase

To betray someone; take victimizing advantage

[1927+; fr slavery days, when a black person or escaped slave sold down the river was sent to or returned to the South, a use found by 1851]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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