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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 fair

To appear likely.
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Iran is bidding fair to become a major power in the Middle East, certain to threaten our ally Israel, a newly constituted Iraq, and many other interests in the Arab world.
It is on the new-release list of MusicScope with Titanic - The Musical and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised) - this last bidding fair to rival The Odd Couple (Female Version) for its place as the worst show title ever.
By the 1980s, they had transformed their impoverished economy into the wonder of the world, bidding fair to overtake and surpass even the mighty U.S.
Various network sources say Par kept the bidding fair and open, and as late as July 14, ABC had received assurances that Cruise's partner Paula Wagner was treating the net's offer with serious due diligence.
Last Saturday and Sunday were particularly fruitful "discovery" nights on "The Voice Philippines," with some outstanding singers coming through in the blind auditionsand bidding fair to possibly romping off with the top crown and prize at the end of the singing tilt's latest edition.