1 of 2


: heavily discounted
fire-sale prices

fire sale

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
The box office is down 26% from 2023, and media conglomerates like Paramount Global are being offered up for fire-sale prices. Clayton Davis, Variety, 20 June 2024 Most livestock herds are now owned by merchant-soldier cartels—either stolen or bought from desperate herders at fire-sale prices—which monopolize the lucrative export trade. Alex De Waal, Foreign Affairs, 17 June 2024
With a potential fire sale of the residential, hotel and retail project approaching, a far more complex and expensive question looms over one of the region’s all-time real estate catastrophes: Can it be saved from the wrecking ball? Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2024 The ‘fire sale’ Within five years of opening, Rainforest Cafe had more than 30 locations all over the world. Zachary Crockett,, 7 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for fire-sale 

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Word History

First Known Use


1953, in the meaning defined above


1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fire-sale was in 1830


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“Fire-sale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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