sell-off

[sel-awf, -of]
noun
1.
Stock Exchange. a sudden and marked decline in stock or bond prices resulting from widespread selling.
2.
an act or instance of liquidating assets or subsidiaries, as by divestiture.
Also, selling-off.


Origin:
1935–40; noun use of verb phrase sell off

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