over·​sold | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsōld How to pronounce oversold (audio) \

Definition of oversold

: likely to show a rise in price because of prior heavy selling and accompanying decline in price an oversold stock

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Another way of explaining the premium paid would be that U.K.-focused assets (not least sterling) are simply oversold, even when accounting for Brexit risks. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "Why One of Asia’s Richest Men Is Buying a British Pub Business Right Before Brexit," 24 Aug. 2019 In fact, existing egg-preservation techniques are expensive, invasive, often ineffective—and regularly oversold. The Economist, "The fertility business is booming," 8 Aug. 2019 At the heart of the lawsuits are allegations that drug makers including Purdue Pharma LP and Johnson & Johnson downplayed the health risks of opioids and oversold their benefits through hyper-aggressive marketing campaigns. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "McKesson, AmerisourceBergen among opiod distributors proposing $10 billion payment to settle state claims," 6 Aug. 2019 While some were genuine, like in the case of one of Nigeria’s most prominent software engineers, many others were likely oversold with Nigerians deliberately avoiding flights with stopovers in countries believed to be cross-hairs of Trump. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Trump’s clampdown on US visas for Nigerians is cultivating fear—and “fake news”," 17 July 2019 According to Ido Golding, a physicist at Baylor College of Medicine, the idea that randomness might be important in microbes’ development and evolution has been oversold. Quanta Magazine, "Inside the Din, Cells Fight Noise With Noise," 22 May 2014 Stem cell therapy for brain injury or spinal cord injury carries substantial risks, while unproven claims of benefits are oversold. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Hundreds of health crowdfunding campaigns are for sham treatments," 23 Oct. 2018 Bridges isn’t perfect—creating his own shot off the dribble is a weakness, and some around the league feel the actual caliber of his man-to-man defense may be oversold. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 9.0: Trade Speculation Heats Up," 10 June 2018 The recent pangs of anxiety will come to a head on Tuesday when Trump meets in the Oval Office with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who some US officials believe oversold North Korea's willingness to negotiate away its nuclear program. Kevin Liptak And Jeremy Diamond, CNN, "Trump aides growing skeptical of Kim summit as South Korea's President visits," 21 May 2018

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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