The contention was that a sellout was taking place led by, of all people, Richard Nixon, who originally exposed Alger Hiss.
Last weekend, it played midnight screenings in 33 locations to sellout crowds.
His new book about the financial crisis, The sellout, was published by HarperBusiness.
also sell-out, "corrupt bargain," 1862 (in Mary Chesnut's diary), from the verbal phrase (at that time often meaning "dispose of one's interests" in a company, etc.), from sell (v.) + out (adv.). Meaning "event for which all tickets have been sold" is attested from 1923. The verbal phrase sell out "prostitute one's ideals or talents" is attested from 1888.