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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.
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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.
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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?
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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 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.
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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.
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bid defiance

To refuse to submit; offer resistance to.
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bid fair

To appear likely.
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References in classic literature ?
At any other time," replied Telemachus, "I should have bidden you go to my own house, for you would find no want of hospitality; at the present moment, however, you would not be comfortable there, for I shall be away, and my mother will not see you; she does not often show herself even to the suitors, but sits at her loom weaving in an upper chamber, out of their way; but I can tell you a man whose house you can go to--I mean Eurymachus the son of Polybus, who is held in the highest estimation by every one in Ithaca.
The colonel, bidden to hear the jarring noises of an engagement in the woods to the left, broke out in vague damnations.
for the summer wind Hath bidden the blossoms unclose, Hath opened the violet's soft blue eye, And wakened the sleeping rose.
I felt dead and cold as ice--I felt absolutely deprived of the power of sensation; but, I rose from my seat and went whither I had been bidden.
It was therefore at the third door that those who solicited or were bidden to an audience underwent their formal interrogatory.
And therefore I have bidden these funeral friends, and bespoken the sexton's deepest knell, and am come, in my shroud, to wed you, as with a burial service, that we may join our hands at the door of the sepulchre, and enter it together.