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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.
Origin of fire sale
1890-95, Americanism
Related forms
fire-sale, adjective Unabridged
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  • When bidding don't get excited and think you're attending an auction of shirt-waists at a fire-sale.

  • About th' time Hogan got th' flower-pot, th' fire-sale ads an' th' Rooshyan outrage news both stopped in th' newspa-apers.

    Mr. Dooley Says Finley Dunne
British Dictionary definitions for fire-sale

fire sale

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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