Definition of sellout in US English:



  • 1The selling of an entire stock of something, especially tickets for an entertainment or sports event.

    • ‘It was an enormous success and right from the start tickets were a sellout.’
    • ‘Wolf expects a sellout of 25,000 tickets within three weeks of the April 22 sale date.’
    • ‘System overloads, ticket sellouts and irate cricket fans yesterday marked the start of the ticket sales for the 2003 Cricket World Cup to be played in February and March next year.’
    • ‘Every week, he pined for a sellout, selling the virtues of a good crowd like a high-school coach, hoping that filled stands would raise the stakes in the 50-50 raffle.’
    • ‘Sources at the venue in Manchester, where the funnyman's tour will end on Tuesday July 1, said the sell-out of 9,000 tickets was likely to be a comedy record breaker.’
    1. 1.1 An event for which all tickets are sold.
      ‘the game is sure to be a sellout’
      • ‘And police chiefs warned fans to behave and urged them not to travel to the sell-out game without a ticket.’
      • ‘The event was a sell-out success and the organisers are now almost certain to bring the event back to the town in May 2005.’
      • ‘All the events were sell-outs and were supported magnificently.’
      • ‘Over 7,500 people got to see this show at the Edinburgh Festival this summer and many more were left disappointed, as it became the sell-out hit of the event.’
      • ‘It was a sell-out night with 400 tickets sold, many to students at the school.’
      • ‘Given the fact that last year's event was a complete sell-out, those interested in attending this year should get their hands on tickets as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment.’
      • ‘While organisers have claimed an increase in the number of sell-out screenings, the event is struggling and has recorded financial losses for the past three years in a row.’
      • ‘This show had a nationwide sell-out tour in 2003 and sold out St Nicholas' Church in Galway again last Christmas and last May, achieving standing ovations at each show.’
      • ‘So if you missed out on tickets for the sell-out Edinburgh event, make your way to the Globe Arena on September 10 and 11.’
      • ‘Expectations are high for what promises to be a sell-out event.’
      • ‘The band signed with Universal, the world's biggest record company, a year ago, and have since had a platinum-selling album, three top five singles, and are now set to go on a nationwide sell-out tour.’
      • ‘People recognise the name and have a vague idea who he is, but in Australia he is huge, having hosted his own TV series, released best-selling albums and performed countless sell-out tours.’
      • ‘The quality of Cuppers entries has proved so consistently impressive that it is now a sell-out event.’
      • ‘A total of £1, 578 was raised by the sell-out event.’
      • ‘The singer, who will turn 37 later this month, postponed her sell-out tour of Australia and pulled out of her headline appearance at next month's Glastonbury Festival following the diagnosis.’
      • ‘The Donegal singer recently performed at a sell-out concert in Galway Town Hall Theatre and at her very successful shows in Tipperary and Kerry.’
      • ‘The international multi-platinum award-winning band has already performed in South Africa during a sell-out tour in March this year.’
      • ‘Tickets are available directly from the Arts Centre and patrons are advised to book early as it is expected to be a sell-out event.’
      • ‘A 72,000 sell-out, tickets for the game were snapped up within hours of it being announced in March.’
      • ‘The concert was a sell-out as soon as tickets went on sale.’
      success, box-office success, sell-out, winner, triumph, sensation
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  • 2A sale of a business or company.

    • ‘Two years of home sellouts and the increased concession sales alone could be worth as much as $15 million.’
    • ‘The clean-up of corruption in the public health service has not even got off the ground and the sell-out of its transport services to the private sector must have made someone richer, but it has not stopped the rot.’
    • ‘‘The sellout of Aer Lingus is a shameful decision,’ Mr Rabbitte told delegates in his opening address at the Brandon Hotel.’
    • ‘She optimistically spoke about the better language in the contract and began to hear rumors of the sell-out of the union negotiating team.’
    1. 2.1 A betrayal of one's principles for reasons of expedience.
      ‘one of the biggest political sellouts in decades’
      • ‘A shameful catalogue of abandonment, betrayal, sell-out, dishonesty and total breach of trust.’
      • ‘Corporate work might sound like a sell-out, but it's actually a much more honest way to make a buck.’
      • ‘There was no doubt that many in the folk music scene regarded the transition to electric guitar as a betrayal and a sell-out of everything they believed in.’
      • ‘It is a sell-out - an utter betrayal of the working people of this country, and of every patriotic New Zealander.’
      • ‘Pressure groups, however, have described the final deal as ineffective and one of the biggest political sell-outs in decades.’
      disloyalty, treachery, perfidy, perfidiousness, bad faith, faithlessness, falseness
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