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bid-up

[ bid-uhp ]
/ ˈbɪdˌʌp /
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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.

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Origin of bid-up

First recorded in 1860–65; noun use of verb phrase bid up
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British Dictionary definitions for bid-up

bid up

verb

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