to sell like hotcakes

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - sell like hotcakes

"to sell like hotcakes"

to be sold very quickly and in great quantity


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - sell like hotcakes

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Any way we can speed up production?

Colleague 2: Why?

Colleague 1: Our customers are reporting that the product is selling like hotcakes. They can't keep it on the shelves.

Colleague 2: But we are already shipping three times what we normally would.

Colleague 1: Sales are booming. We need more product.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - sell like hotcakes

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: I heard you created an app and put it in the online app store?

Friend 2: Yes. Testing finished last week and I put the app on sale yesterday.

Friend 1: And how are sales?

Friend 2: My app is selling like hot cakes. There have been four thousand downloads already.

Friend 1: In less than twenty-four hours? That's amazing. I hope the trend continues.

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to sell like hotcakes - Gerund Form:

Selling like hot cakes, it was impossible to keep enough of the new product on the shelves.

to sell like hotcakes - Examples:

1)   "Fifty Shades of Grey" books are selling like hot cakes worldwide with over 10 billion sales to date. 

2)  It's not just classes and events that are selling like hot cakes; international camps where dancers gather to learn and party are also growing steadily.

3)  Bare land is selling like hot cakes as are ring fenced farms. We have a waiting list of people wanting farms.

4)  Fast forward a few years and computers were selling like hot cakes, people were using them and people were loving them. 

5)  So hurry and get your ticket right away, they are selling like hot cakes!

6)  ... making things too limited edition. You don't want to have something selling like hotcakes only to discover you've got none left and have missed out on a whole ...

7)  These are some serious bargains people. Items will be selling like hotcakes, so get in there and get some great deals ASAP!

8)  While tablets and smart phones have been selling like hotcakes in recent years, PC sales have been declining.

9)  As far as I can tell, they're selling like hotcakes because that display was brand new and had already been picked over thoroughly.

10)  Toyota Etios and Hyundai Santro with CNG variants are selling like hotcakes and have captured a large share of the private cab market.

11)  The iPad Mini will undoubtedly sell like hot cakes and will be at the top of many people's Christmas wish list.

12)  It is going to sell like hot cakes and I wouldn't be surprised if they'll struggle to get enough stock into ...

13)  Six Nations tickets sell like hot cakes, so it is important to get in there early to secure seats for the ...

14)  When a car is popular, they sell like hot cakes so don't buy a dud that no one knows or cares about.

15)  We put ridiculously low prices on the stuff... and it sold like hot cakes.

16)  Apple products are needed by nobody. They sell like hotcakes because Jobs manufactured stuff people think they can't live without.

17)  These deals sell like hotcakes, so you should act very fast and buy as soon as you ...

18)  You have to be fast if you want the tickets as they sell like hotcakes!

19)  ... which is absolutely marvelous, everybody will want this, it'll sell like hotcakes.

20)  One more reason why this ad space will sell like hotcakes is Facebook's reputation of being the largest social media site.