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on sold/sold on #1 (permalink) Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:01 pm   on sold/sold on
 

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ESL/EFL Test #876 "System security", question 2

The customers' information was hijacked and ......... to a revival company.

(a) on sold
(b) undersold
(c) oversold
(d) sold out

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #876 "System security", answer 2

The customers' information was hijacked and on sold to a revival company.

Correct answer: (a) on sold

Your answer was: correct
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Hi,

I don't recall ever encountering the term ''on sold'' before.
Could it be replaced with the phrasal verb ''sold on'' without changing the meaning of that sentence?
Also, what is a ''revival company''? Was that meant to be ''rival company''?

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on sold/sold on #2 (permalink) Wed Sep 22, 2010 15:43 pm   on sold/sold on
 

Actually, the correct answer is 'sold out' and it should read 'rival company'. They are mistakes which I have fixed. Neither 'on sold' nor 'sold on' make any sense here.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
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on sold/sold on #3 (permalink) Wed Sep 22, 2010 17:19 pm   on sold/sold on
 

After having checked with a couple of online dictionaries, I still can't quite see how ''sold out'' fits here. Sell out:
-- to put all of one's goods or possessions up for sale;
-- to betray one's cause or colleagues;
-- to have sold all the available items, tickets, etc.
-- to change or give up your beliefs.


Was another meaning of ''sell out'' employed here? One that is missing from the above explanation?

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on sold/sold on #4 (permalink) Wed Sep 22, 2010 18:41 pm   on sold/sold on
 

Hi Cristina,
The meaning is in your explanation!
'To betray one's cause or colleagues' is the definition.
The first company has been betrayed because the information about their customers will be used by the second company, who will try to poach (steal) their customers.

Also, if you need to lengthen it to 'To betray one's cause, colleagues or customers' you will recognise another sell-out (another betrayal) taking place:
The customers have been betrayed because the information that they thought was secure was sold to another company.
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on sold/sold on #5 (permalink) Wed Sep 22, 2010 19:05 pm   on sold/sold on
 

Hi Beeesneees,

I did think that was the meaning most likely to fit. Just wanted to make sure. :-)

I had doubts because it sounded as if the information was hijacked by someone who did not work in that company.

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