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noun

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.

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Origin of fire sale

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

OTHER WORDS FROM fire sale

fire-sale, adjective
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fire sale

noun

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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