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oversell

verb [I or T]
 
 
/ˌəʊvəˈsel/ (oversold, oversold)
MARKETING to sell more of something than is available: Airlines oversell on the assumption that some passengers won't turn up. → Compare undersell
MARKETING to make an idea, product, opportunity, etc. seem better than it is: Be honest about the technology; do not oversell its potential. If you oversell, you may actually lose sales. → Compare undersell
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to cause the prices of financial markets, shares, etc. to fall too far in relation to their real value: But at $41.75 - almost 30% off its 52-week high - this stock has been oversold. → See also oversold
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