WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS noun opportunity to sell; demand: slow sale. a special disposal of goods, as at reduced prices. transfer of property for money or credit. an auction. Idioms for sale, offered to be sold; made available to purchasers. on sale, able to be bought at reduced prices. Origin of sale before 1050; Middle English; late Old English sala;
Old Norse, Old High German sala.
sell 1 Related forms in·ter·sale, noun non·sale, noun sub·sale, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-sale noun the exchange of goods, property, or services for an agreed sum of money or credit the amount sold the opportunity to sell; market there was no sale for luxuries the rate of selling or being sold a slow sale of synthetic fabrics an event at which goods are sold at reduced prices, usually to clear old stocks ( as modifier) sale bargains an auction Word Origin for sale
sala, from Old Norse sala. See also sell noun a town in NW England, in Trafford unitary authority, Greater Manchester: a residential suburb of Manchester. Pop: 55 234 (2001) a city in SE Australia, in SE Victoria: centre of an agricultural region. Pop: 12 854 (2001) noun a port in NW Morocco, on the Atlantic adjoining Rabat. Pop: 880 000 (2003)
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Word Origin and History for non-sale n.
late Old English
sala "a sale, act of selling," from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse sala "sale," from Proto-Germanic *salo (cf. Old High German sala, Swedish salu, Danish salg), from PIE root *sal- (3) "to grasp, take." Sense of "a selling of shop goods at lower prices than usual" first appeared 1866. Sales tax attested by 1886. Sales associate by 1946. Sales representative is from 1910.
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Idioms and Phrases with non-sale
see close the sale; on sale; white sale.
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