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Short Against the Box  

Definition 1.

A technique that permits an investor who wants to unload an appreciated stock to take the profits in the next year (presumably for tax reasons). Such an investor would sell short the very same security in the very same quantity. He would cover the short position with his own shares in the new year, when the profit would be recorded.
 
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