[ bid-uhp ]
/ ˈbɪdˌʌp /
the act or an instance of increasing the price of something by forcing the bidding upward.
the amount of such increase: a bid-up of 100 percent in the last year.
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Origin of bid-up
First recorded in 1860–65; noun use of verb phrase bid up
Definition for bid up (2 of 2)
[ bid ]
/ bɪd /
verb (used with object), bade or (Archaic) bad for 1, 2, 5 or bid for 3, 4; bid·den or bid for 1, 2, 5 or bid for 3, 4; bid·ding.
to command; order; direct: to bid them depart.
to express (a greeting, farewell, benediction, or wish): to bid good night.
Commerce. to offer (a certain sum) as the price one will pay or charge: They bid $25,000 and got the contract.
Cards. to enter a bid of (a given quantity or suit): to bid two no-trump.
to summon by invitation; invite.
verb (used without object), bade or (Archaic) bad for 6 or bid for 7; bid·den or bid for 6 or bid for 7; bid·ding.
to command; order; direct: I will do as you bid.
to make a bid: She bid at the auction for the old chair.
an act or instance of bidding.
- an offer to make a specified number of points or to take a specified number of tricks.
- the amount of such an offer.
- the turn of a person to bid.
an invitation: a bid to join the club.
an attempt to attain some goal or purpose: a bid for election.
Also called bid price. Stock Exchange. the highest price a prospective buyer is willing to pay for a security at a given moment.
Verb Phrases past and past participle bid, present participle bid·ding.
bid in, Commerce. to overbid all offers for (property) at an auction in order to retain ownership.
bid up, Commerce. to increase the market price of by increasing bids.
Origin of bid1
before 900; Middle English bidden, Old English biddan to beg, ask; cognate with Old Frisian bidda, Old Saxon biddian, Old High German bittan (German bitten), Old Norse bithja, Gothic bidjan; all < Germanic *bid-ja- (< Indo-European *bhidh-) command, akin to Greek peíthein to persuade, inspire with trust, English bide
Related formsbid·der, noun
Can be confusedbidder bitter
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British Dictionary definitions for bid up (1 of 2)
(adverb) to increase the market price of (a commodity) by making artificial bids
British Dictionary definitions for bid up (2 of 2)
/ (bɪd) /
verb bids, bidding, bad, bade, esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid, bidden or esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid
(often foll by for or against) to offer (an amount) in attempting to buy something, esp in competition with others as at an auction
commerce to respond to an offer by a seller by stating (the more favourable terms) on which one is willing to make a purchase
(tr) to say (a greeting, blessing, etc)to bid farewell
to order; commanddo as you are bid!
(intr usually foll by for) to attempt to attain power, etc
(tr) to invite; ask kindlyshe bade him sit down
bridge to declare in the auction before play how many tricks one expects to make
bid defiance to resist boldly
bid fair to seem probable
- an offer of a specified amount, as at an auction
- the price offered
- a statement by a buyer, in response to an offer by a seller, of the more favourable terms that would be acceptable
- the price or other terms so stated
an attempt, esp an attempt to attain power
- the number of tricks a player undertakes to make
- a player's turn to make a bid
short for bid price
Derived Formsbidder, noun
Word Origin for bid
Old English biddan; related to German bitten
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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