sell someone down the river

  • Luis Hernandez

    I'm afraid I can't explain it in Spanish. The phrase comes from a time when slavery existed in the U.S. To "sell someone down the river" literally meant selling a slave to an owner in the southern part of the U.S. (where, generally, slavery was more prevalent and conditions for slaves were worse). Note to all the Americans: Let's try not to get into the historical argument about that on this forum.

    Now, it usually means giving someone a bad deal or a betrayal of an associate or friend.


    Mississipi River = Slave Trade In US = Literally Slaves Sold Down The River = That's Why The Phrasal Verbs Is To Sell (Someone) Down The River. Intreresting Concept !