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fire sale

a special sale of merchandise actually or supposedly damaged by fire.
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
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fire-sale, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A few days later there was a fire sale by one of the merchants, and I got the job of ringing the auction bell.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • If others had fires he was on hand to buy the salvage, and whether he bought it or not he managed to have a "fire sale."

  • You know, I've always wanted to run a fire sale; this'll be even better—a battle sale!

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • After the courtship had continued three years, the shoe merchant in preparing for a fire sale left too many tracks in the snow.

British Dictionary definitions for fire sale

fire sale

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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