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It is verboten to sell short weights, and for this the punishment is severe.

If I let you sell short, it was only to get others to sell short.

It don't take a great deal of margin to sell short with, on a falling market.

The term bear is applied to those who sell short stock, with the purpose of depreciating values.

While in this dotty State and quite irresponsible, he directed the Manager to close out the whole Smear and sell short.

If stocks start down as I say they will, sell short, cover at noon, and then buy for the rise.

But if there were not people born who sell short, they would almost have to be invented.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sceort, scort "short, not long, not tall; brief," probably from Proto-Germanic *skurta- (cf. Old Norse skorta "to be short of," skort "shortness;" Old High German scurz "short"), from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut," with notion of "something cut off" (cf. Sanskrit krdhuh "shortened, maimed, small;" Latin curtus "short," cordus "late-born," originally "stunted in growth;" Old Church Slavonic kratuku, Russian korotkij "short;" Lithuanian skurstu "to be stunted," skardus "steep;" Old Irish cert "small," Middle Irish corr "stunted, dwarfish").

Meaning "having an insufficient quantity" is from 1690s. Meaning "rude" is attested from late 14c. Meaning "easily provoked" is from 1590s; perhaps the notion is of being "not long in tolerating." Short fuse in figurative sense of "quick temper" first attested 1968. To fall short is from archery. Short run "relatively brief period of time" is from 1879. Short story first recorded 1877. To make short work of "dispose of quickly" is first attested 1570s. Phrase short and sweet is from 1530s. To be short by the knees (1733) was to be kneeling; to be short by the head (1540s) was to be beheaded.

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