sell someone short

sell someone short
to describe someone or something as less impressive than they really are

His main fault is that he tends to sell himself short.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • sell someone short — UNDERVALUE, underrate, underestimate, disparage, deprecate, belittle; formal derogate. → sell * * * sell someone short phrase to describe someone or something as less impressive than they really are His main fault is that he tends to sell himself …   Useful english dictionary

  • sell someone 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

  • sell something 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

  • sell someone or something short — sell (someone or something) short : to put too low a value on the ability, importance, or quality of (someone or something) Don t sell yourself short. You have some great skills and experience. I think you re selling the book short; it s a lot… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sell someone/something short — fail to recognize or state the true value of don t sell yourself short you ve got what it takes …   Useful english dictionary

  • sell someone/thing short — fail to recognize or state the true value of someone or something. → sell …   English new terms dictionary

  • sell — sell1 [ sel ] (past tense and past participle sold [ sould ] ) verb *** 1. ) transitive to exchange something for money: They ve already sold over two million copies of their record. sell something at a profit/loss (=for more/less money than you… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sell — [[t]se̱l[/t]] ♦ sells, selling, sold 1) VERB If you sell something that you own, you let someone have it in return for money. [V n] I sold everything I owned except for my car and my books... [V n to n] His heir sold the painting to the London… …   English dictionary

  • short — I [[t]ʃɔ͟ː(r)t[/t]] ADJECTIVE AND ADVERB USES ♦ shorter, shortest (Please look at category 24 to see if the expression you are looking for is shown under another headword.) 1) ADJ GRADED If something is short or lasts for a short time, it does… …   English dictionary

  • sell — I UK [sel] / US verb Word forms sell : present tense I/you/we/they sell he/she/it sells present participle selling past tense sold UK [səʊld] / US [soʊld] past participle sold *** 1) [transitive] to exchange something for money They ve already… …   English dictionary

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