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bid adieu to someone or something

Cliché to say good-bye to someone or something. (The word adieu is French for good-bye and should not be confused with ado.) Now it's time to bid adieu to all of you gathered here. He silently bid adieu to his favorite hat as the wind carried it down the street.
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bid something down

to lower the value of something, such as stock, by offering a lower price for it each time it comes up for sale. We bid the price down and then bought all of it. I could see that the traders were bidding down the price, but I didn't want to take the risk.
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bid (something) for something

 and bid (something) on something
to offer an amount of money for something at an auction. I bid a thousand for the painting. I didn't want to bid for it. I wouldn't bid a cent on that rickety old table!
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bid something up

to raise the price of something at an auction by offering higher and higher prices; to increase the value of something, such as shares of stock, by offering a higher price for it each time it comes up for sale. Who is bidding the price up on that painting? Someone bid up the price on each piece at auction and then backed off.
See also: bid, up

bid adieu

Say goodbye, take leave of, as in It's beyond my bedtime, so I bid you all adieu, or I'll be glad to bid adieu to these crutches. French for "goodbye," adieu literally means "to God" and was part of à dieu vous commant, "I commend you to God." Adopted into English in the 1300s, it was first recorded in Chaucer's Troilus and Cressida (c. 1385). Today it is considered quite formal, although it also is used humorously.
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bid up

Raise a price by raising one's offer, as in We were hoping to get an Oriental rug cheaply, but the dealer kept bidding us up. This phrase is used in business and commerce, particularly at auctions. [Mid-1800s]
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bid on

v.
1. To offer some amount of money for something at an auction: I won't bid more than $10 on that sofa. Who would like to bid on this beautiful painting?
2. To respond to some business proposal with a bid: Four companies are bidding on this contract right now.
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bid up

v.
1. To increase the price of something by offering increasingly high purchase prices for it: The traders bid up the stocks in oil companies. The buyer bid the artist's paintings up much more than she expected that they would be worth.
2. To increase some cost by offering increasingly high purchase prices: There were many potential buyers, and together they bid up the cost of milk to $3 per gallon. The price was low at first, but the buyer bid it up to much more than he could afford.
See also: bid, up

bid defiance

To refuse to submit; offer resistance to.
See also: bid, defiance

bid fair

To appear likely.
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1 deadline for its bid for Delta Air Lines -- unless it gets support from Delta's creditors to perform due diligence and postpone a Feb.
ollowed by a space and then your bid amount in cent and send it to 57582.
The LIC BID, which will be under contract to the Long Island City District Management Association to operate the BID, will provide services to the 84 properties that make up the BID footprint.
Once the BID bureaucracy is in place, it does what all bureaucracies do: It focuses on its own self-perpetuation and growth.
Graham, the LAUSD's director of real estate, learned by mid-August that TEC was among the companies preparing a Belmont bid and was concerned Baize ``would have access to confidential information and LAUSD proprietary information located within the Real Estate Department that was not available to other bidders.
I once had a client send a bid to Aberdeen proving Ground worth about $10 million.
But bid whist is more than a vehicle for fund-raising or socializing.
Another factor comes into play in the commonvalues case: Since all participants guess about the price--where the security will trade after the auction--a high bid signals a heightened probability of subsequent loss of profit for that bidder.
76 billion bid Wednesday, is still trying to arrange a meeting with Delta's creditors committee.
Walsh was formerly head of the 14th Street BID, which has the distinction of being the first BID formed in New York City.
Too often we hear about the fax machine clogging up at bid deadline.
Everyone whose firm has no official bid checklist can send me $10.
City government has walked away from millions in revenue by throwing out the bids and losing all of the benefits provided in the House of Blues Concerts' winning bid, and, most unfortunately, city officials have turned their ears away from the voice of the people.
As is well known now, of course, the so-called "Mercury" bid was not a customer bid at all but apparently a scheme designed by Mr.
The Blue Book continues to provide my department with unlimited resources to build the best bid management systemC*and mandates that we keep it free to use