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bid (some amount) for (something)

To say that one will pay a certain amount of money in exchange for an item, as at an auction. I can't believe I bid $500 for that necklace and still didn't win it! How much did you bid for that antique dresser?
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bid (some amount) on (something)

To say that one will pay a certain amount of money in exchange for an item, as at an auction. I can't believe I bid $500 on that necklace and still didn't win it! How much did you bid on that antique dresser?
See also: bid, on

bid (someone or something) adieu

1. To say goodbye to someone. "Adieu" is a French valediction that literally means "to God." Unfortunately, I've got a train to catch, so I must bid you all adieu now. It was hard bidding college adieu, but I knew deep down that it was time to move on.
2. To part with something, such as a possession. It's time for you to bid these ratty old t-shirts adieu. Bid your phone adieu, because I'm confiscating it.
See also: adieu, bid

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.
See also: bid, down

bid adieu to (someone or something)

1. To say goodbye to someone or something. "Adieu" is a French valediction that literally means "to God." Because I had a train to catch, I had to bid adieu to them quite early in the evening, unfortunately. It was hard to bid adieu to college, but I knew deep down that it was time to move on.
2. To part with something, such as a possession. It's time for you to bid adieu to these ratty old t-shirts.
See also: adieu, bid

bid defiance

To remain firm or resolute; to refuse to yield. Our toddler usually bids defiance to any mention of bedtime.
See also: bid, defiance

bid fair

To seem probable or likely. Her grades are good enough that she bids fair to get into that excellent high school.
See also: bid, fair

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. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bid" and "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. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bid" and "up." Overeager investors are bidding up that stock.
See also: bid, up

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.
See also: adieu, bid

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.
See also: bid, down

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.
See also: adieu, bid

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]
See also: bid, up

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.
See also: bid, on

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.
See also: bid, fair

bid adieu

Say good-bye. This formulaic farewell uses the French adieu, meaning “to God,” and has done so since Chaucer’s time. It is now considered rather formal, although it also is used humorously. In fact, humorist Charles Farrar Browne, under the pen name Artemus Ward, joked about it back in 1862: “I now bid you a welcome adoo” (Artemus Ward: His Book. The Shakers).
See also: adieu, bid
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Failure to submit the requirements on time or a finding against the veracity of such shall be ground for the forfeiture of the bid security and the disqualification of the bidder, said the committee.
The quantity is analyzed to determine if the competitive groups bid lower on contracts involving a greater number of units.
7 MGN Ltd and Million-2-1 will not be held responsible for any breakdown in communications systems or networks which might result in a bid not being registered or a bid status message not being received.
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A reverse auction was held with bidders able to see competing bids in real time.
The Falconbridge board remains opposed to the Xstrata bid. The transaction is dependent upon the Inco-Falconbridge merger and regulatory approval.
SIMPLY text SMGARDEN (space), followed by your bid in pence (space), your full name (space), house number (space), postcode and send to 88100.
HBX 3.0 also employs a highly graphical interface and seamless integration with a new keyword bid management application called WebSideStory Bid.
The Long Island City BID was signed into law in December 2004 by Mayor Michael R.
Defend your client (your estimate) by presenting to the judge (decision makers at your company and the customer) a well prepared, compelling case including evidence (bid documents) to obtain an acquittal for your client (again, your estimate).
Notices of the BID are typically sent to businesses in highly technical, arcane language.