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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

Noun The company is having a fire sale of its old office equipment.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the Tatmadaw began loosening control over the economy, engaging in a fire sale of assets that had once been the military’s fief, that elite class of the well-connected swooped in to profit. New York Times, 24 Dec. 2021 On July 29, the Guardians sent second baseman Cesar Hernandez, along with his 18 home runs, to the White Sox to start a fire sale of veteran players. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 22 Dec. 2021 Experts warned that buyers were waiting for a fire sale. New York Times, 9 Dec. 2021 But while some properties are offering their best deals, others may be pulling back a bit from last year’s fire sale offers. NBC News, 17 Nov. 2021 The Cincinnati Reds are in the early stages of what appears to be a fire sale. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Head coach Dan Mullen still has his job, 13 players remain committed and there is no need for a fire sale, Gibson said. Chris Hays,, 8 Nov. 2021 Think of every professional sports fire sale in which a franchise unloads its best players to get its payroll in line. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Nov. 2021 The media stock plunged on Friday during the Archegos Capital Management fire sale and fell another 5% on Monday. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2021

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1953, in the meaning defined above


1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Fire-sale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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