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sellout

[sel-out] /ˈsɛlˌaʊt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of selling out.
2.
an entertainment, as a show or athletic event, for which all the seats are sold.
3.
Informal. a person who betrays a cause, organization, or the like; traitor.
4.
Informal. a person who compromises his or her personal values, integrity, talent, or the like, for money or personal advancement.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase sell out
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Examples from the web for sellout
  • The traitor category includes persons who have a malevolent intent to damage, destroy, or sellout their organization.
  • From that day to this, he's been playing to sellout crowds.
  • Venues must select only one of these options for declaring a sellout for an event.
  • Your participation here and it is indeed a sellout crowd today, is evidence that there is a great need for this program.
  • It was a sellout crowd with radio stations and newspapers covering the event.
  • It is a sellout to doing what works to make news, not public safety.
British Dictionary definitions for sellout

sell out

verb (adverb)
1.
to dispose of (supplies of something) completely by selling Also (chiefly Brit) sell up
2.
(transitive) (informal) to betray, esp through a secret agreement
3.
(intransitive) (informal) to abandon one's principles, standards, etc
noun
4.
(informal) a performance for which all tickets are sold
5.
a commercial success
6.
(informal) a betrayal
7.
(informal) a person who betrays their principles, standards, friends, etc
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Word Origin and History for sellout
n.

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.

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