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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 defiance

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

To seem probable or likely. Her grades are good enough that she bids fair to get into that excellent high school.
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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. 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.
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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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fiddler's bidding

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.
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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.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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.

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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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.

bid defiance

To refuse to submit; offer resistance to.
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bid fair

To appear likely.
See also: bid, fair
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.

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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Quantitative factors along with information from the field force and corporate headquarters are combined with the bidding history to derive the final bid price.
A survey of late bidders reported in Roth and Ockenfels (2002) revealed that most are bidding late by hand, which requires them to be online at the end of the auction.
Accordingly, customers may be more willing to place their business directly by bidding at the auction than to go through a dealer.
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Over the past few months it has been the focus of a prolonged bidding war.
l The bidding lines will close at midnight on the same night.
(Salomon was also bidding for 35 percent in its own name and, as emerged later, for yet another 35 percent under still another fabricated customer name.)
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The former Parkchester South Condo architect is suing the board of managers and the condo's sponsor, the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), for $15 million for alleged racial discrimination, racketeering, and slander as a result of the condo's decision to retain another architect during a bidding process.
Today we are opening the bidding for three fantastic prizes and another three prizes will go under the hammer in tomorrow's Sunday Mail.
The big auction does not start until next Saturday, but tomorrow we are giving you a taste of what's on offer by opening up the bidding for three fantastic prizes.
"When I do this exhaustive bidding, the spread of prices amazes me," he said.