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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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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.
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  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.
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