sale ( sales plural )
1 n-sing The sale of goods is the act of selling them for money.
usu with supp
Efforts were made to limit the sale of alcohol., ...a proposed arms sale to Saudi Arabia...
2 n-plural The sales of a product are the quantity of it that is sold.
The newspaper has sales of 1.72 million., ...retail sales figures.
3 n-plural The part of a company that deals with sales deals with selling the company's products.
Until 1983 he worked in sales and marketing...
4 n-count A sale is an occasion when a shop sells things at less than their normal price.
...a pair of jeans bought half-price in a sale...
5 n-count A sale is an event when goods are sold to the person who offers the highest price.
The painting was bought by dealers at the Christie's sale.
car boot sale
7 If something is for sale, it is being offered to people to buy.
for sale phrase
His former home is for sale at £495,000...
8 Products that are on sale can be bought in shops.
on sale phrase
English textbooks and dictionaries are on sale everywhere...
9 If products in a shop are on sale, they can be bought for less than their normal price.
on sale phrase
He bought a sports jacket on sale at Gowings Men's Store.
10 If a property or company is up for sale, its owner is trying to sell it.
up for sale phrase The castle has been put up for sale.
bring-and-buy sale ( bring-and-buy sales plural ) A bring-and-buy sale is an informal sale to raise money for a charity or other organization. People who come to the sale bring things to be sold and buy things that other people have brought.
car boot sale ( car boot sales plural ) A car boot sale is a sale where people sell things they own and do not want from a little stall or from the back of their car.
in AM, use garage sale
clearance sale ( clearance sales plural ) A clearance sale is a sale in which the goods in a shop are sold at reduced prices, because the shopkeeper wants to get rid of them quickly or because the shop is closing down. n-count
fire sale ( fire sales plural )
1 n-count A fire sale is an event in which goods are sold cheaply because the shop or storeroom they were in has been damaged by fire.
2 n-count If you describe a sale of goods or other assets as a fire sale, you mean that everything is being sold very cheaply.
oft N n
They're likely to hold big fire sales to liquidate their inventory...
garage sale ( garage sales plural ) If you have a garage sale, you sell things such as clothes, toys and household items that you do not want, usually in your garage.
(mainly AM) n-count
jumble sale ( jumble sales plural ) A jumble sale is a sale of cheap second-hand goods, usually held to raise money for charity.
in AM, use rummage sale
point of sale ( points of sale plural )
1 n-count The point of sale is the place in a shop where a product is passed from the seller to the customer. The abbreviation POS is also used. (BUSINESS)
2 n-uncount Point of sale is used to describe things which occur or are located or used at the place where you buy something. The abbreviation POS is also used. (BUSINESS) usu N n
rummage sale ( rummage sales plural ) A rummage sale is a sale of cheap used goods that is usually held to raise money for charity.
in BRIT, use jumble sale
yard sale ( yard sales plural ) A yard sale is a sale where people sell things they no longer want from a table outside their house.