To sell short
Short Short, adv. In a short manner; briefly; limitedly; abruptly; quickly; as, to stop short in one's course; to turn short. [1913 Webster]

He was taken up very short, and adjudged corrigible for such presumptuous language. --Howell. [1913 Webster]

{To sell short} (Stock Exchange), to sell, for future delivery, what the party selling does not own, but hopes to buy at a lower rate. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To come short — Short Short, a. [Compar. {Shorter}; superl. {Shortest}.] [OE. short, schort, AS. scort, sceort; akin to OHG. scurz, Icel. skorta to be short of, to lack, and perhaps to E. shear, v. t. Cf. {Shirt}.] 1. Not long; having brief length or linear… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To cut short — Short Short, a. [Compar. {Shorter}; superl. {Shortest}.] [OE. short, schort, AS. scort, sceort; akin to OHG. scurz, Icel. skorta to be short of, to lack, and perhaps to E. shear, v. t. Cf. {Shirt}.] 1. Not long; having brief length or linear… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To fall short — Short Short, a. [Compar. {Shorter}; superl. {Shortest}.] [OE. short, schort, AS. scort, sceort; akin to OHG. scurz, Icel. skorta to be short of, to lack, and perhaps to E. shear, v. t. Cf. {Shirt}.] 1. Not long; having brief length or linear… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sell short against the box (to) —  In the stock market to sell borrowed shares while owning the same or similar shares that one delivers later to complete the transaction.  ► “The most popular is to ‘sell short against the box.’ To do this, you arrange through a broker to sell… …   American business jargon

  • sell short — v. To sell shares of stock or other commodities borrowed from someone else, intending to buy them back at a lower price later so as to make a profit and still be able to return the shares or their value to their original owner. n. short sale See… …   Law dictionary

  • To Sell a War — is documentary, first aired in December 1992 as part of CBC program the fifth estate .It exposes the Citizens for a Free Kuwait campaign as public relations spin to gain public opinion support for the Gulf war. As well, it reveals that Nurse… …   Wikipedia

  • sell short — ► sell short fail to recognize or state the true value of. Main Entry: ↑sell …   English terms dictionary

  • sell short — verb 1. sell securities or commodities or foreign currency that is not actually owned by the seller, who hopes to cover (buy back) the sold items at a lower price and thus to earn a profit • Topics: ↑commerce, ↑commercialism, ↑mercantilism •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sell short — idi bus a) bus to sell stocks at a high price without actually possessing them, expecting to cover them later at a lower price and keeping the price difference as profit b) to disparage or underestimate …   From formal English to slang

  • sell short — sell (someone/something) short to not appreciate the qualities of someone or something as much as they deserve. I think her presentation really sold Morocco short. Usage notes: sometimes used in the form sell yourself short not have reasonable… …   New idioms dictionary

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