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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.
To remain firm or resolute; to refuse to yield. Our toddler usually bids defiance to any mention of bedtime.
To seem probable or likely. Her grades are good enough that she bids fair to get into that excellent high school.
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.
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!
An invitation given unexpectedly, usually or at the last-minute. No, I think she only invited me because I happened to call her. It's just fiddler's bidding.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
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?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To refuse to submit; offer resistance to.
To appear likely.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price