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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 Archegos defaulted on highly leveraged margin calls in late March, triggering a fire sale of some $30 billion in stocks including ViacomCBS, Baidu, Tencent Music Entertainment and Discovery Communications as banks rushed to unwind their positions. Jonathan Ponciano, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 The revelation that a major fund or bank’s assets are climate-compromised could launch a fire sale and a panic. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 2 Nov. 2021 Following their trade-deadline fire sale, the Nationals have the worst record in baseball since the All-Star break, and their starting pitcher Sunday, Joan Adon, is making his major-league debut. Jared Diamond, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2021 And despite engaging in a fire sale of a range of its assets, Evergrande appears to have dim prospects of paying it back in a timely manner. Russell Flannery, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Thanks to a fire sale, the Cubs entered our game with12 straight home losses, tying a franchise record. The Enquirer, 16 Sep. 2021 Good for Falvey to work the marketplace in his favor, but the sugar rush shouldn't distract from the reality that necessitated a quasi-fire sale. Star Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 Market gyrations over the past couple of days have driven down the shares of a handful of American media conglomerates and Chinese tech firm, a fire sale triggered by one hedge fund’s leveraged trading losses. NBC News, 29 Mar. 2021 The Celtics were yearning for help, and with the Orlando Magic deciding to hold a fire sale and start over, Ainge took advantage and acquired Evan Fournier to fortify his offense., 25 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 29 Nov. 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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