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fire sale

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noun
  1. a special sale of merchandise actually or supposedly damaged by fire.
  2. a sale, as of assets, at reduced prices, in order to raise money quickly.

Origin of fire sale

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
Related formsfire-sale, adjective
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  • When bidding don't get excited and think you're attending an auction of shirt-waists at a fire-sale.

  • About th' time Hogan got th' flower-pot, th' fire-sale ads an' th' Rooshyan outrage news both stopped in th' newspa-apers.

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British Dictionary definitions for fire sale

fire sale

noun
  1. a sale of goods at reduced prices after a fire at a shop or factory
    1. any instance of offering goods or assets at greatly reduced prices to ensure a quick sale
    2. (as modifier)fire-sale prices
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