sell (someone) down the river

Definition of sell (someone) down the river

informal

  1. :  to do something that harms (someone who trusted one) especially in order to get something for oneself :  to betray (someone) I can't believe my best friend would sell me down the river.

Word by Word Definitions

sellplay
  1. :  to deliver or give up in violation of duty, trust, or loyalty and especially for personal gain :  betray

    :  to give up (property) to another for something of value (as money)

    :  to offer for sale

  1. :  a deliberate deception :  hoax

    :  the act or an instance of selling

    :  something to be sold or caused to be accepted

  1. :  saddle

  1. : chiefly Scottish variant ofself

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

downplay
  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. :  down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. :  to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

    :  to cause to fall by or as if by shooting :  bring down

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

    :  an instance of putting down (see 1down) (as an opponent in wrestling)

    :  a complete play to advance the ball

  1. :  an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

    :  a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down

riverplay
  1. :  a natural stream of water of usually considerable volume

    :  watercourse

    :  something resembling a river


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