Study Guide

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine What's Up With the Title?

By Michael Lewis

What's Up With the Title?

This one isn't too complicated. In financial terminology, to "short" something is to make a bet that it's going to fall in value. And that's what our heroes do in The Big Short: they bet that the U.S. home market, which underpins the entire economy, will fail. Fun stuff. And the big part? Well, let's just say they're betting a lot more money than you would in your average hand of poker.