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auction off

Meaning: to sell something to the highest bidder at an auction

For example:

  • auction off sth In order to pay his debts, Uncle George had to auction off his collection of paintings.

  • auction sth off Do you think we should auction the contents of the house off piece by piece, or sell the whole lot to a dealer?

Quick Quiz:

Henry was short of money, so he decided to auction off
  1. his wife
  2. his savings
  3. his stamp collection

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