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"fire sale" in British English

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fire salenoun [C]

uk   /ˈfaɪə ˌseɪl/  us   /ˈfaɪr ˌseɪl/
a sale of goods at reduced prices, especially because the shop has been damaged by fire
a sale of a business or part of a business at a low price because it needs money or is bankrupt
(Definition of fire sale from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fire sale" in American English

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fire salenoun [C]

 us   /ˈfɑɪər ˌseɪl/
a sale of goods at low prices because they have been slightly damaged in a fire
(Definition of fire sale from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"fire sale" in Business English

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fire salenoun [C]

uk   us  
COMMERCE a sale of goods at a reduced price, because the store has been damaged by fire: The store had burned down and I bought the computer at the fire sale.
COMMERCE a sale of goods at a reduced price: More than 300 one-of-a-kind objects are being sold at fire-sale prices to raise money for city cultural programs.
FINANCE a sale of a business, part of a business, or its assets at a low price, because it needs money or is bankrupt
(Definition of fire sale from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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