hard sell


Definition of hard sell

: aggressive high-pressure salesmanship — compare soft sell

Examples of hard sell in a Sentence

Such an expensive project will be a hard sell during these slow economic times.
Recent Examples on the Web But despite the proliferation of research and investment, AI products are still a hard sell for many radiology practices — even those at academic centers leading clinical research into deep learning. Katie Palmer, STAT, 5 Dec. 2021 Many restaurant and home chefs prefer cooking on gas-burning ranges, and persuading some to switch to electric stovetops is proving to be a hard sell—a sentiment the natural-gas industry has seized on to rally opposition to new local ordinances. WSJ, 17 July 2021 Even among the green vegetable-averse, snap peas aren’t typically a hard sell. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2022 Boosting child vaccination rates to more robust levels may prove to be a hard sell, however. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 With poultry prices up as much as 50% in the last month, his is a hard sell. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Apr. 2022 That has been a hard sell to the Jets fan base, who are watching a team that is on the verge of missing the playoffs for the 11th straight season — matching the franchise record for futility set from 1970-80. Andy Vasquez, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2021 Kirk's message is a hard sell to most young people. Thomas Beaumont, ajc, 17 Nov. 2021 Pitch-black satire can be a hard sell, but the Academy often eats it up. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hard sell

1945, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2022

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“Hard sell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20sell. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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