bid fair

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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The aftermath of the Easter Uprising does not, at first glance, bode fair for any easy rapprochement between socialist and nationalist aims, given the rapidity with which socialist Republicans were silenced in the newly-independent Ireland they had helped to establish (Patterson 59).