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forced sale

noun, Law.
a sale held as a result of a judicial order.
Origin of forced sale
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • More than the mortgage, the forced sale of the old house had brought only a few hundreds of dollars.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • Among its last acts was the passage of a law, exempting homesteads and other property from forced sale in certain cases.

  • Goods could therefore wait for a purchaser, instead of going—if not at once in demand—for what they would bring at a forced sale.

  • Years ago there was a forced sale; and ever since Justin O'Reilly was a boy he has wanted to buy the house back.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • The forced sale of its chief ornament, a bust of Faustina, is said to have broken his heart.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • The salesman figuratively washed his hands of them both; he could already foresee a forced sale at a calamitous sacrifice.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • And as he neared his forties he believed that he could sell what he had at forced sale for many millions.

    A Certain Rich Man William Allen White
  • Land, at forced sale, notoriously often brings prices which do not correctly express its value.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • Let him try and sell it at a forced sale, and see what he'll get.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • Where goods are sold at forced sale or sacrifice, it is equivalent to a contract loan at a high rate of interest.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter

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