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[bid-ing] /ˈbɪd ɪŋ/
command; summons; invitation:
I went there at his bidding.
bids collectively, or a period during which bids are made or received:
The bidding began furiously.
a bid.
do someone's bidding, to submit to someone's orders; perform services for someone:
After he was promoted to vice president at the bank, he expected everyone around him to do his bidding.
Origin of bidding
Middle English word dating back to 1125-75; See origin at bid1, -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for biddings
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  • Where should a Muslim bestow his wife but according to the biddings of the Prophet—in the house?

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • It was exquisite as a work of art, and the biddings for it had been high.

  • He did not admit that the limits of duties should exceed the biddings of Nature.

  • To the Toka (enemy) be kind, and he will do all your biddings.

    Myths and Legends of the Sioux Marie L. McLaughlin
  • The biddings failed to p. 43reach the reserve price and the property was withdrawn at £950.

  • Again a pause ensued; but anon the biddings rose rapidly to five hundred guineas.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • Old Parrot-nose kept me hard at it, but I thought of thee, and for this once I did all his biddings.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • The biddings succeeded each other so rapidly, that the auctioneer was scarcely able to repeat them.

  • Putting up a copy of 'Eikon Basilike,' there were but few bidders, and those very low in their biddings.

    The Book-Hunter in London William Roberts
  • He was told an auction was going on; so, in he went to see the fun, taking much interest in the biddings.

    Crown and Anchor John Conroy Hutcheson
British Dictionary definitions for biddings


an order; command (often in the phrases do or follow the bidding of, at someone's bidding)
an invitation; summons
the act of making bids, as at an auction or in bridge
(bridge) a group of bids considered collectively, esp those made on a particular deal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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