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close a/the sale

To reach an agreement with a buyer; to finalize a sale by persuading the interested party to complete the purchase. We need to move in a month, so how quickly can you close a sale? Obviously, we're looking for salespeople who can consistently close the sale.
See also: close, sale

close a sale

 and close the sale
to complete the sale of something; to seal a bargain in the sale of something. The salesman closed the sale and the customer drove off in a brand new car.
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for sale

available for purchase; buyable. Is this item for sale? How long has this house been for sale? My car is for sale. Are you interested?
See also: sale

no sale

no. I wanted to go to Florida for the holidays, but my father said, "No sale." No sale. You can't do it.
See also: no, sale

on sale

available for sale at a reduced price. (Always implies lower than usual sale price.) These pots are on sale for $20. I bought these pants on sale for half price.
See also: on, sale

*up for sale

Fig. available for purchase. (*Typically: be ~; come ~; put something ~.) When this lot comes up for sale, let me know. Is this property up for sale?
See also: sale, up

close the sale

Also, close the deal; close on a sale or deal . Complete a transaction, as in Jack was delighted to close the sale. This term applies to such transactions as the sale of a house, also put as closing on a house, as well as negotiations leading up to a sale. The latter was also put as to close a bargain, a phrase used by Charles Dickens and other 19th-century writers: "He closed the bargain directly it reached his ears," Nicholas Nickleby, 1838.
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on sale

At a reduced price, as in These rugs have been on sale for a month. The use of sale for disposing of goods at lowered prices dates from about 1860.
See also: on, sale

sales pitch

A line of talk that attempts to persuade someone of something, as in Let's hear your latest sales pitch for energy conservation. This term uses the noun pitch in the sense of "a talk," or more literally, a throwing of words at one. [Slang; late 1800s]
See also: pitch, sale

white sale

A special offering of towels, bed linens and similar goods, not necessarily white-colored. For example, The big stores always have white sales in January. [c. 1900]
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for ˈsale

available to be bought, especially from the owner: I’m sorry, it’s not for sale.They’ve put their house up for sale.
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on ˈsale

1 available to be bought, especially in a shop/store: Tickets are on sale from the booking office.The new model goes on sale next month.
2 (especially American English) being offered at a reduced price: All video equipment is on sale today and tomorrow.
See also: on, sale

for sale by owner

for sale by owner. One computer. FIZZBO. $100.
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no sale

interj. no. I wanted to go to Florida for the holidays, but my father said, “No sale.”
See also: no, sale


n. the site of a crash involving one or more bikes, skateboards, snowboards, etc., where the debris is spread far and wide. (Looking like a disorganized yard-, garage-, or tag-sale. Man, did you see that yard-sale at the last turn?

for sale

Available to customers: a store where pets are for sale.
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on sale

1. Available to customers: That vegetable should be on sale at your local grocery.
2. Available to customers at a special discount: Bathing suits are on sale.
See also: on, sale
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While the proposals (and actions) of Texas and Utah, allowing these states the option of origin-based sourcing for intrastate sales, seem innocuous, such actions do not bode well for the SST, as another bedrock principle of sales and use tax simplification is reopened for debate.
Ultimately, each state will need to determine whether the sacrifices required in the move toward conformity are sufficiently offset by the prospect of potentially being able to compel collection of sales and use taxes by out-of-state, nonnexus sellers.
R appears that housing prices have roughly tracked the low levels of inflation of recent years, and this fact, too, has enabled more prospective buyers to enter the market, thereby generating high sales activity.
The 1,241 sales of single family houses reported for the fourth quarter, and the 5,211 sales for the full year 1996, both were record levels for their respective periods.
The intent of this rule is to provide a solution to the "nowhere income" problem -- to deal with sales of tangible personal property that would otherwise "escape" inclusion in the sales factor numerator.
In the event neither test is met, sales of tangible personal property to purchasers in the other state must be included in (or "thrown back" to) the taxing state's sales factor numerator.
Attention must be paid to whether the sale is free on board (FOB) shipping point, FOB destination or even who bears risk of loss.
Some states, however, look at the ingredient's primary purpose, and if that purpose is to become a part of the product for sale, the chemical will be exempt from tax.
When the contract of sale or license provides the purchaser an option as to how it will take delivery of the software, or is silent on the matter, the DOT will construe the contract as giving the taxpayer the right to receive the software via a tangible medium (whether or not it in fact does so) and, thus, presume the transaction is taxable.
held that gains from the sale of four subsidiaries pursuant to an antitrust consent decree were not business income.
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Gallow, John, VP Of Sales, Caseworks Furniture Mfg.
Americans for Fair Taxation has proposed using the sales tax to replace both the income tax and the payroll taxes.
Deciding if outsourced sales training is recommended
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