bid-up

[ bid-uhp ]
/ ˈbɪdˌʌp /

noun

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.

Origin of bid-up

First recorded in 1860–65; noun use of verb phrase bid up

Definition for bid up (2 of 2)

Origin of bid

1
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

SYNONYMS FOR bid

Related forms

bid·der, noun

Can be confused

bidder bitter
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British Dictionary definitions for bid up (1 of 2)

bid up


verb

(adverb) to increase the market price of (a commodity) by making artificial bids

British Dictionary definitions for bid up (2 of 2)

bid

/ (bɪd) /

verb bids, bidding, bad, bade, esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid, bidden or esp for senses 1, 2, 5, 7 bid

noun

See also bid in, bid up

Derived Forms

bidder, noun

Word Origin for bid

Old English biddan; related to German bitten
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Idioms and Phrases with bid up

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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