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Here is the context from a novel 'Angels and Demons' by Dan Brown. I know 'sold' is the past tense of sell, but here, I think the word has another meaning.
Vittoria sounded only slightly more hopeful. "I suppose Galileo could have created some sort of mathematical code that went unnoticed by the clergy."
"You don't sound sold," Langdon said, moving down the row.
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Oct 5, 2015 at 10:41
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"You don't sound
convinced" is a clearer expression of the ideas, but sold is a colloquialism.
One trying to persuade another of an idea can be said to be selling the idea. If a person doesn't sound
sold [on it] then they haven't bought it, and don't accept it enough to make a commitment.
Oct 5, 2015 at 13:31
Sold in this context means:
uncritically attached to or enthusiastic about
It's often used in the form
sold on as in:
sold on the idea.
Langdon is saying that Vittoria is not yet willing to accept his statement as true. She might at some point in the future, but would require more convincing.
Oct 5, 2015 at 10:49
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