\ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌsāl How to pronounce fire-sale (audio) \

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 Though Archegos was flagged as a client of special interest, Credit Suisse acted more slowly than other banks, and ended up on the wrong side of a fire sale. Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Credit Suisse Ignored Warnings Before Archegos and Greensill Imploded," 8 Apr. 2021 The Magic conducted their version of a fire sale Thursday, moving their top three players: Nikola Vucevic to Chicago, Aaron Gordon to Denver, and Evan Fournier to Boston., "With clear eyes, Toronto says goodbye to championship core — except Kyle Lowry," 27 Mar. 2021 In the Eastern Conference, Chicago took advantage of Orlando’s fire sale, acquiring All-Star Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu in exchange for former No. 7 pick Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr., and two future first round picks. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Jazz deal for Toronto Raptors sharpshooter Matt Thomas just before the NBA’s trade deadline," 25 Mar. 2021 The Kings refrained from a fire sale at the trade deadline because of the play-in tournament., "Is Rajon Rondo a Hall of Famer? It’s a great question," 10 Apr. 2021 The players have, as yet, not been alerted to a looming fire sale. New York Times, "A French Soccer Team Clings to First Place as the Bottom Falls Out," 2 Apr. 2021 Bank shareholders are bracing for a multibillion-dollar hit from a fire sale of positions held by hedge fund Archegos and analysts downgraded its stock Tuesday over the reputational damage. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, "Chewy, Deliveroo and Credit Suisse: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today," 31 Mar. 2021 Archegos has emerged as the firm that sparked a fire sale of $20bn-worth of technology shares, after its trading losses led its banks to make margin calls. The Economist, "Business this week," 31 Mar. 2021 The Magic had a fire sale on Thursday, trading away three of their best players in Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Fournier., "A closer look at Evan Fournier, the guard the Celtics acquired on trade deadline day," 26 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 15 May. 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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