From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsell out phrasal verb1BBTSELLif a shopsells out of something, it has no more of that particular thing left to sellbe/have sold outSorry, we’re sold out. ofWe’ve completely sold out of those shirts in your size, sir.2APSELLif products, tickets for an event etc sell out, they are all sold and there are none leftWow! Those cakes sold out fast.be/have sold outTonight’s performance is completely sold out.3CHANGE/BECOME DIFFERENTto change your beliefs or principles, especially in order to get more money or some other advantage – used to show disapprovalex-hippies who’ve sold out and become respectable businessmen4BFSSELLto sell your business or your share in a businessWyman says he’ll sell out if business doesn’t pick up. toThe T-mail Co. has sold out to San José-based DMX Inc for an undisclosed sum. →sell→ See Verb table
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sell out• Anti-nuclear campaigners are calling the president's acceptance of nuclear testing a completesell-out.• I went to the store to get some bread but they had sold out.• We couldn't get tickets anywhere - the show was completely sold out.• When the Socialists changed their policy on nuclear weapons they were accused of selling out.• Sunday newspapers often sell out by 10 o'clock.• The settlement of the dispute was a sell-out, leaving the minersworse off than they were before.• They opened at 8 o'clock, and by 8.30 they had sold out of tickets for the biggame.• Many of the radicals of the 1960s sold out - they became accountants and salesmen.be/have sold out• Whatever the merits of their looks, enough customersloved them for them to be sold out.• Each year popularaleshave sold outearly and Camra has had to order more beer every year.• Pastperformanceshave sold out, so reserve your spot early.• The advancepublicity has been stupendous, and the first issue is alleged to have sold outstraightaway.be/have sold out• Whatever the merits of their looks, enough customers loved them for them to be sold out.• Each year popular ales have sold out early and Camra has had to order more beer every year.• Past performances have sold out, so reserve your spot early.• The advance publicity has been stupendous, and the first issue is alleged to have sold out straight away.sell to• In the early 1970s, Spencer Stuart himself consideredselling out to a generalconsulting business.• It will not be able to sell out to another company.• In 1833 he sold out to Clark and Street.• Or could those waves of nausea come from witnessing another champion of truthsell out to Hollywood?• Still others sold out to larger companies.• Every home game has been sold out toseason ticket-holders since 1960.• This is largely because the upper-middle-class educatedsector has sold out to the developmentindustry, which provides relatively well-paid jobs.sell-outˈsell-out, sellout /ˈselaʊt/ noun [singular]1SELLa performance, sports game etc for which all the tickets have been soldThe concert was expected to be a sell-out.a sellout crowd of 32,0002informalBETRAY a situation in which someone has not done what they promised to do or were expected to do by the people who trusted thema sellout of the poor for political reasons3informal someone who has not done what they promised to do or who is not loyal to their friends or supporters, especially in order to become more popular, richer etcMany black students regarded him as a sellout.
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sell-out• Co-operating with him might lead to a sell-out before they had even started.• Not surprisingly, the show was a sell-out.• It's another sell-out at Lansdowne Road this afternoon, only the thrivingblackmarket will have tickets for sale.• The hugesell-outreformation shows earlier this year were something they never achieved in their chartheyday.• But this was a small price to pay for insurance against a leadershipsell-out.• The anarchistsolution was more imaginative - neatly avoiding the possibility of sell-out by having no leaders at all.From Longman Business Dictionarysell out phrasal verb1[intransitive, transitive]sell something ↔ outFINANCE if an investor or owner of a company sells out, they sell their investments or the companyRelations between the directors are strained, and shareholders have said they would like to sell out. toThey announced that they were selling out to a Japanese company.2[intransitive]COMMERCE if a shop sells out of a product, it has no more of that particular product left ofSome retailers had sold out of the new games console within twenty-four hours.3[intransitive] if a product, seats at an event, tickets for a journey etc sell out, there is none leftFirst-class cabins are starting to sell out on some transcontinental flights. → see alsosell-out →sell→ See Verb tablesell-outˈsell-out noun [singular]MARKETINGif a product, share offer, event etc is a sell-out, it is very successful and lots of people buy it or go there, and no more products, shares, tickets etc are availableThe $200 million five-year bonds were an absolute sell-out. —sell-out adjectivea sell-out crowd