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fire sale

noun
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
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism
Related forms
fire-sale, adjective
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  • In the initial months after the bail-out, a fire sale ensued.
  • It is not the fire sale that some doomsayers had predicted.
British Dictionary definitions for fire sale

fire sale

noun
1.
a sale of goods at reduced prices after a fire at a shop or factory
2.
  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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