sell-out crowd

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  • srk

    Senior Member
    English - US
    sell out:
    • to sell everything completely:
    [be + sold out] The store is all sold out of beanbag chairs.
    [no object] The store sold out before we even got there!

    A sell-out crowd is one which has purchased all the available tickets to an event.
    Also, even without knowing any details at all, just the sentence "The x event (concert, sports event, etc.) was a sell-out" tells me that all the entry tickets were sold before the event even started.

    (It also carries a feeling of this being a smash-hit triumph for everyone involved, i.e., the promoters, performers, and the attending public.)
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