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English definition of “short selling”

short selling

noun [U] (also short-selling)
 
 
(also shorting) STOCK MARKET
the activity of selling shares that you have borrowed, hoping that their price will fall before you buy them back and return them to their owner, so that you make a profit: This stock is a likely target for short selling. Shorting is one of the main methods of cashing in during a stock market collapse.
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