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do (one's) bidding

To do what someone else wants or has requested, to the point of servitude. I hate how my mother always wants me to do her bidding—I refuse to do what she wants any longer! I can always get Tom to do my bidding, which is great when I'm faced with something I don't want to do!
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bid (something) down

To decrease the value of something, usually a security, by offering to pay lower and lower prices for it. Only buy that stock if you are able to bid it down first.
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bid up

1. To increase the price of an item by offering to pay more money for it than the previous bidder, as at an auction. The item sought can be mentioned after "bid" or after "up." If no one bids up the price of the necklace, it will be yours. I did really want that antique dresser, but the other people at the auction kept bidding it up, and I wasn't willing to pay thousands for it.
2. To increase the value of something, usually a security, by offering to pay higher and higher prices for it. Only sell that stock if you are able to bid it up first.
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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.
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do someone's bidding

to do what is requested. The servant grumbled but did his employer's bidding. Am I expected to do your bidding whenever you ask?
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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 up

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.
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fiddler's bidding

Last-minute invitation. The image is a vacancy at a dinner table to which an itinerant fiddler who appeared at the door and asked to play for food was invited to join the household at the table.
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We've got more people bidding on 'sporks' (the combination utensil used in school cafeterias).
He claims that during the opening round of the bidding process, KOR did nor submit a bid.
Bidding takes place in private and, as diagram 1 shows, awards are made at the highest priced bids covering the total auction size.
As that two-year note investigation became more intense, Salomon engaged an outside law firm to do an internal investigation at the firm, and apparently that investigation uncovered the earlier bidding irregularities.
I have no intention today on bidding,'' said Adam Friedman, House of Blues Concerts senior vice president.
In the interim the bank's representative checked with his office and realized that he had made a mistake with his bidding and advised the referee to that effect.
As we assessed the emerging forces and trends, we got a very clear picture of the impact of a global economy and the explosive growth of eBay and other online auction sites on the competitive bidding world," he said.
Previously, the lawsuit claims, the city broke the law in its efforts to extend the 25-year contract in 1999 without competitive bidding - despite Nederlander allegedly grossing more than $150 million while the city made little or nothing from the deal.
For example," says Ostrovsky, "suppose there were three advertisers truthfully bidding 10, 8, and 7 dollars per click, respectively, and three advertising slots, receiving 100, 70, and 50 clicks per hour.
After a hiatus since 1987 when the 11th bid was submitted, this is the longest span of time Los Angeles has gone without bidding for the Olympics since 1920.
At the public auction, a representative of the bank at the bidding had been given erroneous information.
With this change, a buyer can now bid on multiple cars located at multiple auctions at the same time, creating additional bidding opportunities.
Alarmed by the findings, the district's chief auditor said he will widen his investigation into all other contracts granted under emergency provisions without competitive bidding.
SearchForce's Search Marketing Management Platform stands apart with its optimized algorithmic keyword bidding, extensive automation, and centralized functionality to support advertisers' complex requirements.
It is just one example of questionable contracting practices by which the district has avoided laws on competitive bidding by breaking jobs into pieces below the bidding threshold.