sell out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theysell out
he/she/itsells out
present participleselling out
past tensesold out
past participlesold out
  1. 1
    if a shop sells out of something, it sells all that it has so that there is no more available

    I went to get some bread, but the shop had sold out.

    sell out of:

    On a hot day, we can sell out of ice cream in an hour.

    1. a.
      used about goods

      The tickets had sold out within a few short hours.

  2. 2
    informal to do something that shows you no longer have the same moral principles that you used to have
    sell out to:

    Some fans thought she’d sold out to mainstream pop music.

See also main entry: sell