\ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌsāl \

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

Lowell, for instance, got his chance when traded to the Marlins after that original fire sale. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Marlins alums know what this team of nobodies is going through | Commentary," 10 June 2018 There's a fire sale for Arcade Fire tickets at Summerfest Sunday. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can see Arcade Fire and Manchester Orchestra for just $21 at Summerfest Sunday," 7 July 2018 Though Miami’s offseason fire sale was the most dramatic in baseball this winter, the Pirates also traded Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, saving about $19 million. Dan Gartland,, "MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams, Alleging Failure to Spend Revenue Sharing Funds," 27 Feb. 2018 Realmuto asked for a trade in February in the midst of the latest 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 Orioles also are presumably on the verge of a midseason fire sale that will make a lot of room on the roster. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: Orioles want to get younger, but it's not going to happen overnight," 20 June 2018 The timing isn't ideal, no, as the Marlins celebrate their 25th Anniversary Weekend following another offseason fire sale that has the club unsurprisingly in the midst of a start-over season wrought by lousy crowds and on pace to top 100 losses. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Marlins' 25th Anniversary Weekend underlines Derek Jeter's obligation to heal deep wounds," 9 June 2018 Even easier than a fire sale of the car and house, a fresh loan against the home equity would ease the situation. San Antonio Express-News, "When Lehman failed," 29 June 2018 Marijuana dispensaries across California are having a fire sale of sorts. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "California Marijuana Dispensaries Are Slashing Prices Before July Regulations Take Effect," 27 June 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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