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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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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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do your bidding

also do the bidding of somebody
to do what someone tells you to do In some societies, men still believe their wives are there to do their bidding.
Usage notes: based on the literal meaning of bid (to ask)
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do somebody's bidding

  (old-fashioned)
to do what someone tells or asks you to do In some societies, men still assume their wives are there to do their bidding.
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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.