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sell-off

[sel-awf, -of] /ˈsɛlˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
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
1935-1940
1935-40; noun use of verb phrase sell off
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Examples for sell-off
  • Investors lock in profits in stock market sell-off.
  • The flurry of activity came against the backdrop of another big sell-off in markets.
  • In the case of a sell-off, this tends to make a bad situation worse.
  • There is, indeed, evidence that an increase in volatility often means a sell-off in markets.
  • The global sell-off indicates serious worries about global growth.
  • In equities, the widespread sell-off may have been a reaction to the overoptimism that prevailed earlier this year.
  • On the contrary, the sell-off is probably down to caution.
  • The whole thing was kick-started by the farcical sell-off of council houses well below market value.
  • The good news is this sell-off means that emerging markets no longer look overvalued.
  • Even when there's not a big sell-off, it's not a good month.

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