price war


Definition of price war

: commercial competition characterized by the repeated cutting of prices below those of competitors

Examples of price war in a Sentence

The airlines are engaged in another price war.
Recent Examples on the Web Jack Tramiel launched a price war with its VIC-20 and especially its excellent Commodore 64 computer, slashing prices in half soon after launch and then lower still. PCMAG, 27 June 2022 Demand for crude in cars and planes plummeted with much of the world economy in lockdown, while Saudi Arabia and Russia, two of the world’s biggest crude producers, launched a crushing price war. David Hodari, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2020 Buyers will have more options, potentially starting a price war between producers whose crude few want to touch. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 27 May 2022 Supply swelled as Saudi Arabia and Russia engaged in a price war at the worst possible moment. Matt Egan, CNN, 20 Apr. 2021 In April 2020, the pandemic triggered such a sharp drop in oil demand in the wake of a Russian-Saudi price war that the world was running out of places to store it, and oil prices briefly dipped below zero. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 The apparent price war is the latest indication that smartphone makers may be betting on affordable 5G devices to entice first-time buyers and upgrades, at a time when the market feels saturated. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 Soon after the pandemic hit (and an accompanying oil-price war ended), Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to slash production, allowing global oil prices to reach an equilibrium. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 23 Feb. 2022 And an epic oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia made things even worse. Matt Egan, CNN, 6 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of price war

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of price war was in 1895

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1 Jul 2022

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“Price war.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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