peddle

Meaning(s)

1. widely sell, promote, or circulate something

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Professional

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peddle drugs/lies/false information

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The verb 'to peddle' is used to describe the selling of something or promotion of material, sometimes in an aggressive or persuasive manner. When you peddle goods you sell something on the street directly to customers rather than on from a premises. The verb peddle is most often used when talking about selling something illegal or harmful such as peddling drugs for example. You can also use peddle when someone is trying to convince others of a story, ideology or idea, particularly when what they are saying is harmful or even wrong. Do not confuse this verb with 'pedal' meaning a lever controlled with your foot or 'to pedal' a bicycle.

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  1. The police arrested Andy yesterday for peddling drugs to young people in the area.
  2. I discovered a far-right organisation peddling their racist views to young people on the Internet.
  3. I used to peddle T-shirts outside concerts to make extra money when I was in college.

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  1. The politician accused the journalist of using his newspaper column to peddle fake news.
  2. I know that there is no way you'll be able to honour any of the assurances you made in the negotiations, so peddle your lies elsewhere.

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