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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 (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.
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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.
See also: bid, down

bid (something) for (something)

To say that one will pay a certain amount of money in exchange for an item, as at an auction. The monetary amount is often mentioned between "bid" and "for," while the item sought is named after "for." 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 (something) on (something)

To say that one will pay a certain amount of money in exchange for an item, as at an auction. The monetary amount is often mentioned between "bid" and "on," while the item sought is named after "on." 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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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The hearing was scheduled in response to US Airways' bid to acquire Delta Air Lines.
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Whoever bids the lowest UNIQUE amount gets the SANYO TV/DVD system for that price at the end of the auction.
I was told the quote came from Richard Briffault's four-year-old law review article on BIDs, where Briffault quoted from a 15-year-old publication that has been revised and updated twice.
This other bidder, however, bids incrementally, that is, he/she starts with a bid well below his/her maximum willingness to pay and is then prepared to raise his/her proxy bid whenever he/she is outbid as long as the price is below his/her willingness to pay.
The strategic decision is identical to that of the first-price sealed-bid auction: The optimal bidder does not want to be too aggressive and stop the auction well above the likely market consensus, but will shade his or her bid to avoid the winner's curse.
Other analysts say United Airlines might succeed in a bid for Delta if it tops the more than $8 billion offered by US Airways.
This reflects his recognition not only of the outstanding contribution of BIDs, but also the greater importance of BIDs in this period of fiscal austerity," said commercial owner Peter Malkin, who has probably done more to foster BID development in Manhattan than any other landlord.
Bid Management enhanced for both PrimeSite and JobSite
I went to help a client with an Air Force bid once worth about $25 million.
Even though told over and over again about our issues and concerns, the city government has allowed Nederlander to operate this city-owned venue for 25 years on a sweetheart deal - without once putting it out to bid - because of political relationships.
To minimize market uncertainties, the results of the auction are announced about one hour after the bid deadline.
No matter how US Airways' bid for Delta Air Lines plays out, large cities will continue to have plenty of air service, the Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney writes.
Tompkins will be the third president of the BID, whose founder--Gretchen Dykstra--was recently named Commissioner of Consumer Affairs.
Every time you look at an RFQ which illegally specifies brand name, be it HP, Compaq, Cisco or Oracle, and you no bid or bid without complaint you are part of the problem.