fire sale

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.

1890–95, Americanism

fire-sale, adjective Unabridged
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fire sale
1.  a sale of goods at reduced prices after a fire at a shop or factory
2.  a.  any instance of offering goods or assets at greatly reduced prices to ensure a quick sale
 b.  (as modifier): fire-sale prices

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Example sentences
In the initial months after the bail-out, a fire sale ensued.
It is not the fire sale that some doomsayers had predicted.
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