Convince another of one’s merits, present oneself in a favorable light, as in A job interview is an ideal opportunity to sell oneself to a prospective employer. Originally this idiom, dating from the second half of the 1700s, alluded to selling one’s services for money, but it was being used more loosely by the mid-1800s.
Compromise one’s principles for monetary gain. An early version was sell oneself (or one’s soul) to the devil, which alluded to enlisting the devil’s help in exchange for one’s soul after death. It is embodied in the legend of Faust, first recorded in the late 1500s.
noun 1. trademark a type of transparent adhesive tape made of cellulose or a similar substance verb 2. (transitive) to seal or stick using adhesive tape
noun 1. an act or instance of selling out. 2. an entertainment, as a show or athletic event, for which all the seats are sold. 3. Informal. a person who betrays a cause, organization, or the like; traitor. 4. Informal. a person who compromises his or her personal values, integrity, talent, or the like, for […]
verb (used with object), sold, selling. 1. to transfer (goods) to or render (services) for another in exchange for money; dispose of to a purchaser for a price: He sold the car to me for $1000. 2. to deal in; keep or offer for sale: He sells insurance. This store sells my favorite brand. 3. […]
- Sell someone down the river
sell someone down the river