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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.
Available to be purchased by someone or something. Is that beautiful house on the corner really for sale? Boy, I'd love to live there.
for sale by owner
A phrase used to indicate that the owner of an item is the one selling it. Let's just go to a car dealership—I don't want to deal with a "for sale by owner" situation. We'll just post this stuff online as for sale by owner and see who's interested in buying it.
I reject the request, offer, or plan in question. A: "Look, just write this essay for me, and I'll do your chores for a whole week!" B: "And risk getting suspended? Yeah, no sale." A: "Can we please go to Disney Land this summer, pretty please?" B: "No sale, kids. We're going to see your grandparents in Maine, and that's final."
1. Available, as for purchase or acquisition. We have a wide range of craft beers on sale, including some from our own in-house microbrewery. There's a car on sale down the road for only $2,000.
2. Offered at a discounted price for a certain, limited period of time. Primarily heard in US, Ireland. This weekend only, we've got a huge range of appliance and electronics on sale. I saw in the paper that the grocery store has slow cookers on sale—maybe we should go pick one up.
point of sale
(Describing) the place that a sales transaction takes place. We need to get our point of sale system up and running before the store opens in an hour! I think we can significantly increase our profits if we start making more conversions at the point of sale.
The argument or information one presents in order to persuade someone to buy something. I hate coming into these electronics stores. Every person I ask for help has some sales pitch lined up for me. Save me the sales pitch—I'm not interested in buying this car.
up for sale
1. Made available to be purchased. A: "I just heard that the Watsons' house is up for sale." B: "Oh? I didn't know they were moving out!" I'm putting some of my stuff up for sale to help pay my bills.
2. Able to be influenced by financial incentives; open to accepting bribes. Don't be so naïve, Jim. Everyone knows that most of the politicians running this country are up for sale. Why do you think they favor the giant corporations so often? A: "We'll give you half a million dollars to throw the fight." B: "Sorry, my reputation and honor are not up for sale."
A sale specific to household items, especially bed linens. Thankfully, the department store in town had a white sale on the week that I moved into my dorm, so I was able to buy most of the things I needed at a good price.
An instance in which a skier or snowboarder falls in the snow, causing their skis, board, or other equipment to scatter all around them. Some jerk was really showboating as he went flying down the slopes, so it gave me no shortage of glee to see him catch an edge on a mogul and crash in an epic yard sale. I had to help David pick up all his gear from the yard sale he was holding near the chairlift.
close a saleand 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.
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?
no. I wanted to go to Florida for the holidays, but my father said, "No sale." No sale. You can't do it.
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.
*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?
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.
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.
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]
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]
for ˈsaleavailable to be bought, especially from the owner: I’m sorry, it’s not for sale. ♢ They’ve put their house up for sale.
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.
for sale by ownerand FIZZBO
for sale by owner. One computer. FIZZBO. $100.
interj. no. I wanted to go to Florida for the holidays, but my father said, “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?
Available to customers: a store where pets are for 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.