sell someone down the river

sell someone down the river
sell (someone) down the river to do something that hurts someone who trusted you.

Workers complained that their leaders sold them down the river in the latest contract negotiations.

Related vocabulary: sell out someone/something

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  • sell someone down the river — (informal).See double cross. → river   (informal).See double cross. → sell * * * sell someone down the river informal …   Useful english dictionary

  • sell someone down the river — informal betray someone. [orig. with ref. to the sale of a troublesome slave to a plantation owner on the lower Mississippi, where conditions were relatively harsher.] → river …   English new terms dictionary

  • sell someone down the river — informal to allow someone who trusts you to be harmed so that you can get an advantage for yourself …   English dictionary

  • sell down the river — To play false, betray • • • Main Entry: ↑sell * * * sell (someone) down the river see ↑sell, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑river sell (someone) down the river informa …   Useful english dictionary

  • sell down the river — sell (someone) down the river to do something that hurts someone who trusted you. Workers complained that their leaders sold them down the river in the latest contract negotiations. Related vocabulary: sell out someone/something …   New idioms dictionary

  • sell down the river — If you sell someone down the river, you betray their trust …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • sell down the river —    If you sell someone down the river, you betray their trust.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you sell someone down the river, you betray a person who trusts you.     When the trade union signed the salary agreement, the workers felt… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Sell down the river —   If you sell someone down the river, you betray their trust …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • sell down the river — {v. phr.} To give harmful information about someone or something to one s enemies; betray. * /The traitor sold his country down the river to the enemy army./ * /The criminal told the hiding place of his companions and sold them down the river./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sell down the river — {v. phr.} To give harmful information about someone or something to one s enemies; betray. * /The traitor sold his country down the river to the enemy army./ * /The criminal told the hiding place of his companions and sold them down the river./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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