Definition of sell-off in English:



  • 1A sale of assets, typically at a low price, carried out in order to dispose of them.

    ‘a programme of sell-offs and acquisitions enabled the group to boost profits by more than 50 per cent’
    mass noun ‘the sell-off of assets of the former National Bus Company groups’
    • ‘As a result, we saw the sell-off of State assets and the rest of that.’
    • ‘The sell-off of its assets was to pay compensation to 80 victims of abuse in the order's schools and orphanages.’
    • ‘Foreign direct investment has also flowed freely, mainly in response to the now largely completed sell-off of state assets.’
    • ‘By the end of 2001 many of the sell-offs will have been carried out and the integration of various segments of the business completed.’
    • ‘That could force Singh to slow or halt further sell-offs of state assets in sectors like energy and food distribution.’
    convert to cash, convert, cash, cash in, sell off, sell up, realize
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    1. 1.1North American A sale of shares, bonds, or commodities, especially one that causes a fall in price.
      ‘the stock market was shaken earlier this week by sell-offs in defence issues’
      • ‘Ever since the sell-off started, share prices have been dropping.’
      • ‘The news triggered a sell-off; Nextel shares fell to a two-year low following the warning.’
      • ‘The sell-off in the bond market continued at the beginning of the week, sending mortgage rates higher.’
      • ‘The current sell-off in the mining shares is a buying opportunity.’
      • ‘Granted, there's little or no evidence yet of such an unhappy outcome, despite the recent sell-off in technology shares.’