\ 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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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