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Definition of fire-sale

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: 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 SoftBank has plenty of cash on hand thanks to a fire sale of assets. Streisand Neto, CNN, "SoftBank bets on Europe's hottest stock," 1 Dec. 2020 Like the Texans, another team that's out of it but unlikely to execute a massive fire sale before a new coach and GM are hired. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL trade deadline: What moves should all 32 teams make?," 29 Oct. 2020 Share buy backs, fueled by a roughly $40 billion fire sale in assets, have helped push SoftBank's stock to a near 20-year high, giving the company a market value of 14.8 trillion yen ($143 billion). Sherisse Pham, CNN, "SoftBank's big bet on listed tech stocks cost it $1.3 billion," 9 Nov. 2020 The researchers conclude that demand shock rather than fire sale supply shock explains most of the effect. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Blue Waving (or Drowning?)," 27 Oct. 2020 But the family could also opt to spread out the tax payments over multiple years and avoid a fire sale. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Failing isn’t a career killer in Silicon Valley," 26 Oct. 2020 Buyers waiting for fire sale prices may be disappointed, because the market was already three years into a price correction before Covid-19, Ms. Wu said. David W. Chen, New York Times, "What Will New York Real Estate Look Like Next Year?," 23 Oct. 2020 Nevertheless, even if this Prime Day deal was something of a fire sale, there isn't much difference between either model from a functionality standpoint. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The 12 most popular Prime Day 2020 deals, as chosen by Ars readers," 14 Oct. 2020 In 1993, San Diego executed an infamous fire sale, dealing Fred McGriff and Gary Sheffield in the middle of the season. Noah Trister, Star Tribune, "Nationals in a hole, and this year they're short on time," 7 Sep. 2020

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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 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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