Definition of “sell (sb) out” - English Dictionary

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“sell (sb) out” in British English

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sell (sb) out

informal
phrasal verb with sell uk /sel/ us /sel/ verb sold, sold

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 oil lobby (= done what these people wanted).

(Definition of “sell (sb) out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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