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Definition of fire-sale

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: heavily discounted fire-sale prices

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Definition of fire sale (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sale of merchandise damaged in a fire also : a sale at very low prices

Examples of fire-sale in a Sentence


The company is having a fire sale of its old office equipment.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ramsey County bought the center from the city of Vadnais Heights at a fire sale price of $9.8 million in 2014. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Ramsey County diverting millions from parks projects to pay for new Vadnais Sports Center dome," 23 July 2019 For those in the video production industry, the Pro Display XDR's $4,999 price tag probably sounds like a fire sale. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive," 3 June 2019 The phone didn't sell well, and eventually, fire sales took the price from $700 all the way down to $250. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Essential circles the drain, lays off 30 percent of staff," 18 Oct. 2018 Vast inventories of tools, appliances, and store fixtures would get marked down significantly in fire sales, confidential sources close to the matter recently told Reuters. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Sears and Kmart Stores May Liquidate After Latest Bankruptcy News," 8 Jan. 2019 That price seems just a bit excessive considering the entire phone has had fire sales for $250 and $224. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Essential will sell your phone’s missing headphone jack back to you for $150," 14 Nov. 2018 Just at catcher, Charles Johnson was part of a second wave of trades from the 1998 fire sale. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: J.T. Realmuto's star has risen — and his future will signal Jeter's timeline to win," 5 July 2018 The Continentwide fire sale was halted only when Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, put in place an aggressive program to buy the bonds, which made their prices soar and their interest rates fall. New York Times, "Betting on Crisis, Hedge Funds Short Italian Bonds," 7 June 2018 Wait for the inevitable fire sale The Palm phone is a terrible device for $350. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Palm Phone Review: Fun, endearing, and bad at everything," 1 Dec. 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above


1830, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fire sale

: a sale of products that have been damaged by fire
: a sale at very low prices

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