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.
- fire-sale, adjective
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How to use fire sale in a sentence
The Nationals’ deadline fire sale unfolded in a matter of days.Darren Baker has long been known as Dusty’s son. Now he’s paving his own way. | Jesse Dougherty | August 26, 2021 | Washington Post
The Phillies’ and the Braves’ surges are also the result of their organizations’ commitment at the trade deadline and show just how much team-building is possible there — assuming that someone like the Nationals decides to throw a fire sale.It’s Way Too Early To Judge NFL Rookie Debuts (So Let’s Do It Anyway) | Sarah Shachat | August 17, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Older brands are continuing to stumble, and repo men are preparing for the almost certain fire sale.How Authentic Brands Group has positioned itself as the 2020 repo man | jim cooper | December 30, 2020 | Digiday
With a particularly wide divide this season between the league’s haves and have-nots — the New York Jets are winless and 12 other teams have one or two victories each — there are many candidates for trade-deadline fire sales.Coronavirus protocols are impacting the NFL trade deadline — and making for earlier deals | Mark Maske | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
The New York Post yesterday provided an update on the sale process, writing that AT&T is pressing ahead with an auction even though it is "shaping up to be a fire sale."AT&T offloading DirecTV could be a “fire sale” as company weighs low bids | Jon Brodkin | October 7, 2020 | Ars Technica
Eventually, the fire sale extended to his personal belongings—including a $20 enamel teapot.
The two papers were sold twice more—for ever-dwindling fire-sale prices—in the two years that followed.How the Newspaper Business Became a ‘F**king Disgrace’ | Lloyd Grove | December 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cerberus is now going to have to dump Freedom Group at a fire-sale price.
You mean, to be in the room with the President of the United States is now on fire sale for $100?
As the fabled magazine faces a fire sale, the Pulitzer Prize winning editor faces criticism for "absentee" management.
About th' time Hogan got th' flower-pot, th' fire-sale ads an' th' Rooshyan outrage news both stopped in th' newspa-apers.Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne
When bidding don't get excited and think you're attending an auction of shirt-waists at a fire-sale.You Should Worry Says John Henry | George V. Hobart
Number tens alone, whether one pair or more, I wot not, represented their gigantic fire sale.
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."Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14) | Elbert Hubbard
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
British Dictionary definitions for fire sale
a sale of goods at reduced prices after a fire at a shop or factory
any instance of offering goods or assets at greatly reduced prices to ensure a quick sale
(as modifier): fire-sale prices
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