If a band of twentysomethings gets an indie rock song into a movie, is that selling out?
The lonely dance hit propelled Robyn from nightclub gigs to selling out Radio City Music Hall last month.
"Sundance gets a lot of grief about getting too commercial and selling out," director Doug Pray said in introducing the film.
But to many gun enthusiasts, pragmatism is just an excuse for selling out our rights.
As cogs in the Disney machine, Joe and his brothers went from playing local gigs to selling out arenas in the blink of an eye.
It was ten miles away, but I soon got accustomed to going there alone and selling out the farm produce and vegetables.
And he had debts which he seems to have paid on selling out his capital.
A lumber yard was selling out in Kirk, and I bought the coal shed, which was strongly built, being good for barns and granaries.
I may as well tell you—I'm thinking of selling out root and branch.
Beauvais is positive that the move of the archbishop is due to your selling out to him.
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'']