One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sale of assets, typically at a low price, carried out in order to dispose of them rather than as normal trade.
convert to cash, convert, cash, cash in, sell off, sell up, realizeView synonyms
- ‘As a result, we saw the sell-off of State assets and the rest of that.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That could force Singh to slow or halt further sell-offs of state assets in sectors like energy and food distribution.’
- 1.1North American A sale of shares, bonds, or commodities, especially one that causes a fall in price.
- ‘The sell-off in the bond market continued at the beginning of the week, sending mortgage rates higher.’
- ‘Granted, there's little or no evidence yet of such an unhappy outcome, despite the recent sell-off in technology shares.’
- ‘Ever since the sell-off started, share prices have been dropping.’
- ‘The current sell-off in the mining shares is a buying opportunity.’
- ‘The news triggered a sell-off; Nextel shares fell to a two-year low following the warning.’
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