fire sale

  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

Other words from fire sale

  • fire-sale, adjective

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How to use fire sale in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fire sale

fire sale

  1. 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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