short sale

short sale
A contract for sale of shares of stock which the seller does not own, or certificates for which are not within his control, so as to be available for delivery at the time when, under rules of the exchange, delivery must be made. Provost v. U. S., 269 U.S. 443, 46 S.Ct. 152, 153, 70 L.Ed. 352.
A short sale occurs where a taxpayer sells borrowed property (usually stock) and repays the lender with substantially identical property either held on the date of the short sale or purchased after the sale (expecting to be able to buy the stocks later at a lower price).

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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