Definition of oversell in English:



  • 1 Sell more of (something) than exists or can be delivered.

    ‘he defrauded investors by deliberately overselling time shares’
    • ‘Normally if a flight is oversold, we sometimes have a chance of getting on it, last minute, especially using a higher priority as we chose to use this day.’
    • ‘Yet Lai and Conita Hung, head of research at Mansion House Securities Ltd., considered Hong Kong stocks were oversold to some extent.’
    • ‘More often than not, the airline has oversold the flight, meaning you don't even have a seat.’
    • ‘‘Street agents’ eager to take advantage of the naivete of young football players will oversell them on their skills and falsely raise their expectations.’
    • ‘They regularly oversell the number of seats on a given flight.’
    • ‘One of the issues that the vendors have been working to overcome is the perception that some have tried to oversell their wares and have created chaos instead of streamlined workflow.’
    • ‘After thinking on Dec.4 that they had confirmed seats on a flight, that airline called back Dec.11 to say the flight was oversold and they had been removed from the passenger list.’
    • ‘Most battered Asian share markets staged a technical rebound Monday with bargain hunters snapping up grossly oversold stocks in anticipation of a rebound in the U.S. markets later in the day.’
    • ‘They're overselling a product that's selling itself.’
    • ‘Aviation analysts said most airlines oversold tickets up to a certain rate to protect their interests and ensure full occupancy especially in busy season such as summer.’
    • ‘The bull alert phase is simply a reversal into a new column of X's from below 30% on the chart, and it indicates that the index is oversold and due for a bounce.’
    • ‘The recovery in the Nasdaq is more a reaction to the market being oversold and cuts in US short-term interest rates.’
    • ‘They have oversold the plane and we have to bribe our way onto it.’
    • ‘In many instances, this leads to one company overselling products they can't quite deliver on and then watching as another matches them.’
    • ‘If you can't, that may be a sign that the flight is full - and if a flight is oversold, passengers without seat assignments usually are at the greatest risk of being denied boarding.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the market in which he'd made a career was desperately oversold.’
    • ‘The company still isn't profitable, but investors are perhaps beginning to think that the shares are oversold.’
    • ‘But while he got as far as the obligatory buck-stops-here mea culpa, he did not confess to the main charge: overselling the weapons.’
    • ‘Also during the showing of the film, the theater operators oversold the capacity of the theater and packed patrons on folding chairs in the aisle.’
    • ‘The only way to get there in time was to fly out of Montreal on an evening flight, but it was oversold.’
    1. 1.1Exaggerate the merits of.
      ‘computer-aided software engineering has been oversold’
      • ‘I certainly oversold the enthusiasm my dear wife would feel for hosting an uncle she'd never met.’
      • ‘Time after time, when they could have oversold the joke, they showed restraint… which, again, is saying something considering how tough some of the gags are.’
      • ‘While future non-lethal technologies may achieve the promises articulated by today's visionaries, the tendency to oversell current capabilities could prove disastrous.’
      • ‘But it is probably fair to say that the benefits are oversold.’
      • ‘The literature of psychotherapy has oversold the concept of healing-through-narrative-construction.’
      • ‘What it's saying is that chemotherapy is oversold.’
      • ‘This Government continues to oversell its spin on these sorts of amendments to try to get what it wants.’
      • ‘But the selling point of these films is that they present these contrasts and conflicts within the scene without overselling their respective positions.’
      • ‘In our euphoria over the public demonstration of airpower's considerable abilities and accomplishments, we should not oversell it or lose sight of its limitations.’
      • ‘The commercial conflicts of interest between rigorous science and advertising claims or editorials that oversell a medicine or treatment demonstrate yet another aspect of the inextricable mix of science with the social world.’
      • ‘While the Xinxiang choir artificially oversold the Aboriginal aspect of some of its songs and there were one or two sour notes, the children's choir really was moving.’
      • ‘Certainly, some readers might accuse the author of overselling his champion.’
      • ‘Some blame high divorce rates in the Bible Belt on a culture that oversells marriage to couples too young to understand the deal.’
      • ‘We tend to be foisting the blame on the individual here, when I think in your article you said medicine's got to take some of the blame here because we've oversold the benefits of medicine.’
      • ‘What you'll notice more than at any other time in the history of the show is it is focusing its fervor, intent on not only exploiting a point or political agenda, but also overselling it outright to the audience.’
      • ‘With this disclaimer, the author embarks on another quest to tell the truth about the Christian life ‘without overselling it.’’
      • ‘Okay, so that oversells it a little, but not by much.’
      • ‘I think you are overselling the wonders of liability in several ways.’
      • ‘In other words, ID is oversold and underdeveloped.’
      • ‘From the 1930s until the 1950s, psychoanalysis was oversold, especially in the United States.’