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sell (sb) out

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with sell   /sel/ (sold, sold) us  
to not do what you have promised someone you will do or what you should do because you will get more advantages for yourself if you do something else: French farmers feel they've been sold out by their government in the negotiations. They've sold out to the road transport lobby (= done what these people wanted).
Translations of “sell (sb) out”
in Chinese (Traditional) 背叛, 出賣…
in Chinese (Simplified) 背叛, 出卖…
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