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sell

 (sĕl)
v. sold (sōld), sell·ing, sells
v.tr.
1. To exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent: We sold our old car for a modest sum.
2. To offer or have available for sale: The store sells health foods.
3. To give up or surrender in exchange for a price or reward: sell one's soul to the devil.
4. To be purchased in (a certain quantity); achieve sales of: a book that sold a million copies.
5.
a. To bring about or encourage sales of; promote: Good publicity sold the product.
b. To cause to be accepted; advocate successfully: We sold the proposal to the school committee.
6. To persuade (another) to recognize the worth or desirability of something: They sold me on the idea.
v.intr.
1. To exchange ownership for money or its equivalent; engage in selling: Are any of the fruit vendors still selling?
2. To be sold or be on sale: Grapes are selling high this season.
3. To attract prospective buyers; be popular on the market: an item that doesn't sell.
4. To be approved of; gain acceptance: an idea that just wouldn't sell.
n.
1. An act or instance of selling: ordered a sell of his shares in the company.
2. Something that sells or gains acceptance in a particular way: Their program to raise taxes will be a difficult sell.
3. Slang A deception; a hoax.
Phrasal Verbs:
sell off
To get rid of by selling, often at reduced prices.
sell out
1. To sell all of a supply of something: We have sold out of that model.
2. To cause (someone) to have sold an entire supply of something: The bakery is sold out of those pastries.
3. To be entirely sold: Her new novel has sold out.
4. Slang To betray one's principles or colleagues: He sold out to the other side.
sell through
To be purchased as a retail item by a customer: The clothes are in the store, but they aren't selling through.
Idioms:
sell a bill of goods Informal
To take unfair advantage of.
sell down the river Informal
To betray the trust or faith of.
sell short
1. To contract for the sale of securities or commodities one expects to own at a later date and at more advantageous terms.
2. To underestimate the true value or worth of: Don't sell your colleague short; she's a smart lawyer.

[Middle English sellen, from Old English sellan, to give, sell.]

sell′a·ble adj.

sell

(sɛl)
vb, sells, selling or sold
1. to dispose of or transfer or be disposed of or transferred to a purchaser in exchange for money or other consideration; put or be on sale
2. to deal in (objects, property, etc): he sells used cars for a living.
3. (tr) to give up or surrender for a price or reward: to sell one's honour.
4. to promote or facilitate the sale of (objects, property, etc): publicity sells many products.
5. to induce or gain acceptance of: to sell an idea.
6. (intr) to be in demand on the market: these dresses sell well in the spring.
7. (tr) informal to deceive or cheat
8. (foll by: on) to persuade to accept or approve (of): to sell a buyer on a purchase.
9. sell down the river informal to betray
10. sell oneself
a. to convince someone else of one's potential or worth
b. to give up one's moral or spiritual standards, etc
11. informal to disparage or belittle
12. (Banking & Finance) finance to sell securities or goods without owning them in anticipation of buying them before delivery at a lower price
n
13. the act or an instance of selling. Compare hard sell, soft sell
14. informal
a. a trick, hoax, or deception
b. Irish a great disappointment: the service in the hotel was a sell.
[Old English sellan to lend, deliver; related to Old Norse selja to sell, Gothic saljan to offer sacrifice, Old High German sellen to sell, Latin cōnsilium advice]
ˈsellable adj

sell

(sɛl)

v. sold, sell•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to transfer (goods or property) or render (services) in exchange for money.
2. to deal in; keep or offer for sale: to sell insurance.
3. to make a sale or offer for sale to.
4. to persuade or induce to buy.
5. to promote or effect the sale of: Packaging sells many products.
6. to achieve sales of: The record sold a million copies.
7. to cause to be accepted, esp. generally or widely: to sell an idea to the public.
8. to cause or persuade to accept, approve of, or see the value of: to sell the voters on a candidate; to sell oneself at a job interview.
9. to surrender or deliver improperly or dishonorably in return for profit or advantage: to sell one's soul for power; to sell votes.
10. to betray.
11. to force or exact a price for: They sold their lives dearly.
12. to cheat or hoax.
v.i.
13. to make a sale of something; transfer goods or property in exchange for money.
14. to offer something for sale.
15. to be offered for sale at the price indicated (fol. by at or for).
16. to engage or be employed in selling something.
17. to promote sales.
18. to be in demand by buyers: On a rainy day, umbrellas really sell.
19. to win acceptance, approval, or adoption: an idea that will sell.
20. sell off, to rid oneself of by selling, esp. at reduced prices: to sell off last year's designs.
21. sell out,
a. to dispose of entirely by selling.
b. to betray (an associate, principles, a cause, etc.).
c. to betray one's principles.
n.
22. an act or method of selling.
23. Informal. a cheat; hoax.
[before 900; Middle English (v.), Old English sellan orig., to give, hence, give up (someone) to an enemy, betray, exchange for money, c. Old Frisian sella, Old Saxon sellian, Old High German sellen, Old Norse selja to hand over, deliver, Gothic saljan to sacrifice]
sell′a•ble, adj.

sell


Past participle: sold
Gerund: selling

Imperative
sell
sell
Present
I sell
you sell
he/she/it sells
we sell
you sell
they sell
Preterite
I sold
you sold
he/she/it sold
we sold
you sold
they sold
Present Continuous
I am selling
you are selling
he/she/it is selling
we are selling
you are selling
they are selling
Present Perfect
I have sold
you have sold
he/she/it has sold
we have sold
you have sold
they have sold
Past Continuous
I was selling
you were selling
he/she/it was selling
we were selling
you were selling
they were selling
Past Perfect
I had sold
you had sold
he/she/it had sold
we had sold
you had sold
they had sold
Future
I will sell
you will sell
he/she/it will sell
we will sell
you will sell
they will sell
Future Perfect
I will have sold
you will have sold
he/she/it will have sold
we will have sold
you will have sold
they will have sold
Future Continuous
I will be selling
you will be selling
he/she/it will be selling
we will be selling
you will be selling
they will be selling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been selling
you have been selling
he/she/it has been selling
we have been selling
you have been selling
they have been selling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been selling
you will have been selling
he/she/it will have been selling
we will have been selling
you will have been selling
they will have been selling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been selling
you had been selling
he/she/it had been selling
we had been selling
you had been selling
they had been selling
Conditional
I would sell
you would sell
he/she/it would sell
we would sell
you would sell
they would sell
Past Conditional
I would have sold
you would have sold
he/she/it would have sold
we would have sold
you would have sold
they would have sold
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sell - the activity of persuading someone to buysell - the activity of persuading someone to buy; "it was a hard sell"
sale - the general activity of selling; "they tried to boost sales"; "laws limit the sale of handguns"
Verb1.sell - exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; "He sold his house in January"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
clear - sell; "We cleared a lot of the old model cars"
negociate - sell or discount; "negociate securities"
scalp - sell illegally, as on the black market
bootleg - sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol; "They were bootlegging whiskey"
sell short - sell securities or commodities or foreign currency that is not actually owned by the seller, who hopes to cover (buy back) the sold items at a lower price and thus to earn a profit
remainder - sell cheaply as remainders; "The publisher remaindered the books"
resell - sell (something) again after having bought it
syndicate - sell articles, television programs, or photos to several publications or independent broadcasting stations
deaccession - sell (art works) from a collection, especially in order to raise money for the purchase of other art works; "The museum deaccessioned several important works of this painter"
sell off - get rid of by selling, usually at reduced prices; "The store sold off the surplus merchandise"
fob off, foist off, palm off - sell as genuine, sell with the intention to deceive
realise, realize - convert into cash; of goods and property
auction, auction off, auctioneer - sell at an auction
retail - sell on the retail market
wholesale - sell in large quantities
exchange, interchange, change - give to, and receive from, one another; "Would you change places with me?"; "We have been exchanging letters for a year"
sacrifice - sell at a loss
underprice, dump - sell at artificially low prices
undercut, undersell - sell cheaper than one's competition
dispose - give, sell, or transfer to another; "She disposed of her parents' possessions"
move - dispose of by selling; "The chairman of the company told the salesmen to move the computers"
prostitute - sell one's body; exchange sex for money
sell - be sold at a certain price or in a certain way; "These books sell like hot cakes"
buy, purchase - obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; "The family purchased a new car"; "The conglomerate acquired a new company"; "She buys for the big department store"
2.sell - be sold at a certain price or in a certain way; "These books sell like hot cakes"
sell - exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; "He sold his house in January"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"
sell, trade, deal - do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
retail - be sold at the retail level; "These gems retail at thousands of dollars each"
trade - be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions; "The stock traded around $20 a share"
3.sell - persuade somebody to accept something; "The French try to sell us their image as great lovers"
persuade - cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"
4.sell - do businesssell - do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
push - sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs); "The guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs"
transact - conduct business; "transact with foreign governments"
deal - sell; "deal hashish"
black marketeer - deal on the black market
pyramid - use or deal in (as of stock or commercial transaction) in a pyramid deal
market - deal in a market
hawk, huckster, monger, peddle, vend, pitch - sell or offer for sale from place to place
sell - be sold at a certain price or in a certain way; "These books sell like hot cakes"
5.sell - give up for a price or reward; "She sold her principles for a successful career"
cede, surrender, give up, deliver - relinquish possession or control over; "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in"
betray, sell - deliver to an enemy by treachery; "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country"
6.sell - be approved of or gain acceptance; "The new idea sold well in certain circles"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
7.sell - be responsible for the sale of; "All her publicity sold the products"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
8.sell - deliver to an enemy by treacherysell - deliver to an enemy by treachery; "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country"
sell - give up for a price or reward; "She sold her principles for a successful career"
double cross - betray by double-dealing
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on - be false to; be dishonest with

sell

verb
1. trade, dispose of, offer for sale, exchange, barter, vend, put up for sale, auction off I sold everything I owned except for my car and books.
trade buy, purchase, get, pay for, obtain, acquire, invest in, shop for, procure
2. deal in, market, trade in, carry, stock, handle, retail, hawk, merchandise, peddle, traffic in, vend, offer for sale, be in the business of It sells everything from hair ribbons to oriental rugs.
deal in buy, purchase, get, pay for, obtain, acquire, invest in, shop for, procure
3. be priced at, cost, go for, sell at, be, be trading at, retail at Grain sells at ten times usual prices.
4. be bought, go, move, be purchased The company believes the products will sell well.
5. promote, get across, put across, win approval for, persuade someone to accept, bring someone round to, gain acceptance for, get acceptance for She is hoping she can sell the idea to clients.
sell out
1. be bought up, be sold out, be gone, be exhausted, be depleted Tickets for the show sold out in 70 minutes.
2. (Informal) betray your ideals, abandon your principles, demean yourself, degrade yourself He will not sell out or be debased by the compromises of politics.
sell out of something run out of, be fresh out of, be cleaned out of, be out of stock of Hardware stores have sold out of water pumps and tarpaulins.
sell someone out double-cross, fail, give away (informal), stab in the back, rat on (informal), sell down the river (informal), break faith with, play false His business partner had sold him out.
sell someone short
1. swindle, cheat, fleece, defraud, overcharge, short-change, sting (informal), give short measure to Selling their fans short in such a way is not acceptable.
2. underestimate, undervalue, look down on, belittle, disparage, underrate, deprecate, minimize, make light of, set no store by, misprize These are boys who were sold short during their schooldays.

sell

verb
1. To offer for sale:
2. To succeed in causing (a person) to act in a certain way.Also used with on:
phrasal verb
sell for
1. To achieve (a certain price):
2. To require a specified price:
phrasal verb
sell off
To get rid of completely by selling, especially in quantity or at a discount:
phrasal verb
sell out
1. To get rid of completely by selling, especially in quantity or at a discount:
2. Slang. To be treacherous to:
Slang: rat (on).
Idiom: sell down the river .
noun
Translations
باعيُباعيَبيعيَبْيعُيُسَبِّب البَيْع
vendre
prodatprodávatprodávat se
sælge
myydä
prodati
árul
seljaseljast
売る
(물건을) 팔다
būti išparduotambūti pardavusiambūti užsidegusiamišdavystėišparduoti
pārdotreklamēttikt pārdotamtirgoties
vinde
predávať
prodajati seprodati
sälja
ขาย
satmaksattırmaksatılmak
bán

sell

[sel] (sold (pt, pp))
A. VTvender
do you sell flowers?¿vende flores?
to sell sth to sbvender algo a algn
he sold it to meme lo vendió
I was sold this in Londonme vendieron esto en Londres
you've been sold (fig) → te han dado gato por liebre
to sell sth for £1vender algo por una libra
he doesn't sell himself very wellno es capaz de causar buena impresión, no convence mucho
to sell sb an idea (fig) → convencer a algn de una idea
to be sold on sth/sbestar cautivado por algo/algn
I'm not exactly sold on the ideano me entusiasma la idea, para mí la idea deja mucho que desear
to sell sb into slaveryvender a algn como esclavo
to sell sb down the rivertraicionar a algn
B. VI
1. [merchandise] → venderse
these sell at 15péstos se venden a 15 peniques
this line just isn't sellingesta línea no tiene demanda
it sells wellse vende bien
the idea didn't sell (fig) → la idea no convenció
2. (= person) the owner seemed a bit reluctant to sellparecía que el dueño estaba un poco reacio a vender
C. N (Comm)
see hard C
see soft B
sell back VT + ADV to sell sth back to sbrevender algo a algn
sell off VT + ADV [+ stocks and shares] → vender; [+ goods] → liquidar
sell on VT + ADVrevender
sell out
A. VI + ADV
1. [tickets, goods] → agotarse
the tickets sold out in three hourslas entradas se agotaron en tres horas
football matches often sell out in advanceen los partidos de fútbol a menudo se venden todas las entradas antes del partido
"could I buy some sun cream?" - "sorry, we've sold out"-¿me puede dar bronceador? -lo siento, no nos queda
to sell out of sthvender todas las existencias de algo
we've sold out of bananasno nos quedan plátanos, hemos agotado las existencias de plátanos
2. (fig) → claudicar, venderse, transar (LAm)
3. (US) = sell up A
B. VT + ADV
1. [+ goods] → agotar las existencias de, venderlo todo
the tickets are all sold outlos billetes están agotados
stocks of umbrellas are sold outlas existencias de paraguas están agotadas
we are sold out of breadse terminó el pan, no nos queda pan
2. [+ person] → traicionar; [+ compromise] → transigir, transar (LAm)
sell up
A. VI + ADV (esp Brit) → liquidarse, venderlo todo
B. VT + ADVvender

sell

[ˈsɛl] [sold] (pt, pp)
vt
[product, car, house] (to customer, buyer)vendre
Do you sell flowers? → Vous vendez des fleurs?
They're selling the house → Ils vendent la maison.
to sell sth to sb, to sell sb sth → vendre qch à qn
He sold it to me → Il me l'a vendu.
She sold me her car → Elle m'a vendu sa voiture.
to sell sth for £50 → vendre qch 50 livres
I sold it for £50 → Je l'ai vendu 50 livres.
to sell o.s. → se vendre
to sell one's body → vendre son corps
to sell one's soul → vendre son âme
to sell sb down the river (= betray) → vendre qn
to sell sb short → sous-estimer qn
to sell o.s. short → être trop modeste
Don't sell yourself short. Tell them about what you've achieved → Ne soyez pas trop modeste. Parlez-leur de vos réussites.
(= persuade sb to accept) [+ idea, concept] → vendre
to sell sth to sb, to sell sb sth → vendre qch à qn
Let's hear your proposal. You've got 10 minutes to sell it to me → J'écoute votre proposition. Vous avez dix minutes pour me la vendre.
vise vendre
This model sells very well → Ce modèle se vend très bien.
to sell for \(euro) 10 → se vendre 10_\(euro)
sell off
vt sepliquider
sell out
vi
(= all be sold) [tickets] → se vendre
The tickets sold out in three hours → Les billets se sont vendus en trois heures.
to sell out of sth → être en rupture de stock de qch
[show, concert]
The show didn't sell out → Le spectacle n'a pas fait salle comble.
The show hasn't quite sold out yet → Le spectacle n'affiche pas encore complet.
(= sell one's business) → vendre
to sell out to sb → vendre à qn
(= betray principles) → se renier
vt sep
The tickets are all sold out → Les billets ont tous été vendus.
sell up
vi (= sell one's business, house) → vendresell-by date ndate f limite de vente
past its sell-by date (lit)
The yoghurt is past its sell-by date → Le yaourt est périmé.
to be past one's sell-by date, to be past its sell-by date (fig)avoir fait son temps

sell

vb: pret, ptp <sold>
vt
item, goodsverkaufen (sb sth, sth to sb jdm etw, etw an jdn); insurance policyabschließen (to mit); (business) goodsverkaufen, absetzen; I was sold this in Valenciaman hat mir das in Valencia verkauft; the book sold 3,000 copiesvon dem Buch wurden 3.000 Exemplare verkauft; he could sell a fridge to an Eskimoer könnte einem Eskimo einen Eisschrank andrehen (inf)or aufschwatzen (inf); to sell insurance (for a living)Versicherungsvertreter(in) m(f)sein; to sell one’s life dearlysein Leben teuer verkaufen; he sold himself to the enemyer hat sich an den Feind verkauft; to sell one’s bodyseinen Körper verkaufen; to sell one’s soul to somebody/somethingjdm/einer Sache seine Seele verschreiben; modern man has sold his soulder moderne Mensch hat seine Seele verloren; what are you selling it for?wie viel verlangen Sie dafür?, wie viel wollen Sie dafür haben?; I can’t remember what I sold it forich weiß nicht mehr, für wie viel ich es verkauft habe
(= stock)führen, haben (inf); (= deal in)vertreiben
(= promote the sale of)zugkräftig machen, einen guten Absatz verschaffen (+dat); you need advertising to sell your productSie müssen werben, um Ihr Produkt zu verkaufen or abzusetzen; nothing will sell this product, it’s so baddas Produkt ist so schlecht, dass es sich nicht verkaufen or an den Mann bringen (inf)lässt; she finished up selling toothpaste on televisionsie warb schließlich im Fernsehen für Zahnpasta
(inf: = gain acceptance for) → schmackhaft machen (to sb jdm), gewinnen für (to sb jdn); religionaufschwatzen (inf), → verkaufen (inf)(to sb jdm); you’ll never sell them that ideadafür sind sie nicht zu haben; I know I’ll never be able to sell it to himich weiß, dass ich ihn dafür nicht erwärmen kann or dass er dafür nicht zu haben ist; to sell oneself (= put oneself across)sich profilieren (to bei), sich verkaufen (→ to an +acc)
(inf: = convince of the worth of) to sell somebody on somethingjdn von etw überzeugen; to be sold on somebody/somethingvon jdm/etw begeistert sein; how sold is he on the idea?wie sehr hat es ihm diese Idee angetan? (inf)
(fig: = betray) → verraten; to sell somebody down the river (inf)jdn ganz schön verschaukeln (inf)
vi (person)verkaufen (to sb an jdn); (article)sich verkaufen (lassen); his book is selling well/won’t sellsein Buch verkauft sich gut/lässt sich nicht verkaufen; the house sold for £85,000das Haus wurde für £ 85.000 verkauft; what are they selling at or for?wie viel kosten sie?; the idea didn’t sell (fig)die Idee kam nicht an, die Idee fand keinen Anklang
n
(Comm inf: = sales appeal) → Zugkraft f, → Attraktivität f
(= selling technique)Verkaufstaktik or -methode f ? hard sell, soft sell
(dated inf, = disappointment) → Reinfall m, → Pleite f (inf)

sell

:
sellout
n
(inf: = betrayal) → fauler Kompromiss or Handel (to mit); (of one’s ideals etc)Ausverkauf m (→ to an +acc)
(Theat, Sport) → ausverkauftes Haus; to be a sellausverkauft sein
(Comm) → Verkaufsschlager m
sell-through
adj videoVerkaufs-

sell

[sɛl] (sold (pt, pp))
1. vtvendere
to sell sth for £150 → vendere qc per 150 sterline
to sell sth at £10 per dozen → vendere qc a 10 sterline la dozzina
to sell sth to sb → vendere qc a qn
I was sold this in London → questo me l'hanno venduto a Londra
to sell sb down the river (fig) → vendere qn
to sell sb an idea (fig) → far accettare un'idea a qn
to sell sb a pup (fig) (old) → imbrogliare qn
to be sold on sb/sth (fam) → essere entusiasta di qn/qc
he doesn't sell himself very well → non si sa vendere bene
2. viessere in vendita
they sell at or for 15p each → sono in vendita a 15p l'uno
sell off vt + adv (stocks and shares, goods) → svendere, liquidare
sell out
1. vi + adv to sell out (to sb/sth) (Comm) → vendere (tutto) (a qn/qc)
to sell out to the enemy (fig) → passare al nemico
2. vt + advesaurire
the tickets are all sold out → i biglietti sono esauriti
we're or we've sold out of bread → il pane è tutto finito (in negozio)
sell up
1. vi + adv (esp Brit) → vendere (tutto)
2. vt + advvendere

sell

(sel) past tense, past participle sold (sould) verb
1. to give something in exchange for money. He sold her a car; I've got some books to sell.
2. to have for sale. The farmer sells milk and eggs.
3. to be sold. His book sold well.
4. to cause to be sold. Packaging sells a product.
ˌsell-out noun
1. an event, especially a concert, for which all the tickets are sold. His concert was a sell-out.
2. a betrayal. The gang realized it was a sell-out and tried to escape.
be sold on
to be enthusiastic about. I'm sold on the idea of a holiday in Canada.
be sold out
1. to be no longer available. The second-hand records are all sold out; The concert is sold out.
2. to have no more available to be bought. We are sold out of children's socks.
sell down the river
to betray. The gang was sold down the river by one of its associates.
sell off
to sell quickly and cheaply. They're selling off their old stock.
sell out
1. (sometimes with of) to sell all of something. We sold out our entire stock.
2. to be all sold. The second-hand records sold out within minutes of the sale starting.
sell up
to sell a house, business etc. He has sold up his share of the business.

sell

يَبْيعُ prodat sælge verkaufen πουλώ vender myydä vendre prodati vendere 売る (물건을) 팔다 verkopen selge sprzedać vender продавать sälja ขาย satmak bán 出售
References in classic literature ?
There is a demand for whisky, but I think you and I do not care to sell it.
But when the Shimerdas found that Jake sold his pig in town that day, Ambrosch worked it out in his shrewd head that Jake had to sell his pig to pay his fine.
Why, Belthrop could buy and sell us ten times over.
Let us, then, sell our lives at such a rate as shall make our enemies believe the purchase too dear.
But to-night he went out a peddling, you see, and I don't see what on airth keeps him so late, unless, may be, he can't sell his head.
Sell it for an ox whip when we get home; -- what else?
I was thought very handsome; my master would not sell me till I was four years old; he said lads ought not to work like men, and colts ought not to work like horses till they were quite grown up.
He fetched me a good sum, too, for I bought him cheap of a man that was 'bliged to sell out; so I realized six hundred on him.
The first day, I would have bought a hundred and fifty of these clocks if I had the money--and I did buy three-- but on the third day the disease had run its course, I had convalesced, and was in the market once more--trying to sell.
What we want is to go out of here quiet, and talk this show up, and sell the REST of the town
If you b'longed to me, I'd sell you down de river 'fo' you git too fur gone.
Perkins if they could call at just a few houses coming and going, and sell a little soap for the Simpsons, she at first replied decidedly in the negative.