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a desperate bid (=attempt)
▪ He was standing in the middle of the road in a desperate bid to get help.
a suicide bid (=a suicide attempt – used in news reports)
▪ The singer was rushed to hospital after an apparent suicide bid.
a vain attempt/bid/effort
▪ People close their windows at night in a vain attempt to shut out the sound of gunfire.
an escape attempt/bid
▪ She made several unsuccessful escape attempts before finally getting away.
an unsuccessful attempt/bid/effort
▪ We made several unsuccessful attempts to tackle the problem.
bid farewell to
▪ Mourners gathered to bid farewell to the victims of the plane tragedy.
▪ He bid her adieu.
takeover bid
▪ Thornbury has announced a takeover bid of a regional TV company.
▪ Moreover, departmental rivalries are endemic in the style of central government whereby competitive bids are made for limited financial resources.
▪ A top prison official ordered the contract approved without competitive bids and went to work for VitaPro several months later.
▪ A Court Scheme is not a practical option where one or more competitive bids may be made.
▪ Virginia -- $ 119. 4 million of Series 1996 general obligation refunding bonds, via competitive bid.
▪ Thursday San Antonio -- $ 51 million of Series 1996 securities, via competitive bid.
▪ Typically, public agencies have to secure competitive bids for any procurement contract over a set amount-say, $ 5, 000.
▪ There was -- Diamond interests received a 25-year extension on the contract to manage Old Tucson, without a competitive bid.
▪ The government last August said it was axing the contract because it was too expensive and was awarded without competitive bids.
▪ Or as a desperate bid to get Aviemore to come up with the money?
▪ Every so often a rabbit would make a desperate, lung-bursting bid for freedom, only to provide an easy target for the twelve-bores.
▪ Protestors had climbed lime trees in a desperate bid to stop them being destroyed.
▪ Then Vernage noticed Sergeant King staggering down the road in a desperate bid to flag down a car.
▪ Even though he could barely stand, John made one last desperate bid for survival.
▪ They meet again today in a desperate bid to sort out who gets what of next year's £244.5 billion spending cake.
▪ Singlewood, 17, ran into the courtyard of Durham Castle in a desperate bid to shake off his pursuer.
▪ Knox made a desperate bid to get in front at the last corner but Martin held his line and emerged the winner.
▪ War criminals kept from trial, page 8 Labour loses final bid to curb donations.
▪ They began to sell their land and, in a final bid to avoid starvation, started to flock to Calcutta.
▪ A fair number of final bids which came in under the reserve price were later accepted.
▪ However, the brothers filed through their shackles and made a desperate and final bid for freedom.
▪ It will allocate them in descending order from the highest priced bid to the lowest.
▪ Shares in Maybelline as investors had been anticipating higher bids.
▪ In the event of two or more applicants for the same franchise, both parties will be able to submit higher bids.
▪ The Mayor has decided that the nameplate will go to the highest bid received by post.
▪ The nameplate Preston Guild which can be yours for the highest bid.
▪ At auction the purchaser may have been able to acquire the site at a marginal figure above the next highest bid.
▪ In a hostile bid, very little will be forthcoming.
▪ The Abingdon-based Morland brewers will know tomorrow if they've managed to fight off a hostile takeover bid.
▪ But it's now facing a hostile takeover bid by a Suffolk based-brewery, Greene King.
▪ There have been a few hostile bids, most notably that by Paribas for a conglomerate, Navigation Mixte.
▪ But shareholding rules make hostile bids hard to win.
▪ Laporte won the battle with a £129.4m offer and Wassall responded by abandoning its hostile bid.
▪ The hostile bid has infuriated board members of the Dowty group, who claim that their company is being underpriced.
▪ The rumours killed Rachel Jackson before hubby took office, just as they had killed his 1824 presidential bid.
▪ Phil Gramm ended his presidential bid Wednesday in much the same way he campaigned: short on emotion and long on economics.
▪ Forbes, 48, a multimillionaire funding his presidential bid with his own money, has never held elective office.
▪ Dole, who needs conservative activists' support for his presidential bid.
▪ He contends that an independent presidential bid by the Rev.
▪ The substantial sums which back the successful bids will be pocketed by the Treasury.
▪ Schoellkopf responded with a successful bid of $ 71, 000.
▪ His successful bid was for £190,000 although he had made a higher prior offer which had been turned down.
▪ Mr Mates was the efficient stage manager of Michael Heseltine's almost successful bid for the premiership.
▪ A few successful bids for his liberty, to tearful disappointments.
▪ The move follows an unsuccessful bid by Mr Foster to get the board to reinstate the facility Teesdale farmers regard as essential.
▪ Hilton and Boomtown previously made an unsuccessful bid for a license in Lawrenceburg, Ind.
▪ Currys was taken over in 1984, two years before the unsuccessful £1.8billion bid for Woolworths.
▪ They danced, and he made an unsuccessful bid on a weekend at Hilton Head.
▪ He waged an unsuccessful primary bid for president in 1988.
▪ There is a minimum bid price of entry to a second phase.
▪ The largest spread allowed between offer and bid prices is 15 percent of net asset value.
▪ It is usual practice for the management of the trust to set the bid price above the limit set by the formula.
▪ The minimum possible bid price is equal to the cancellation price.
▪ If the shares are retained, the investor is offered a mid-market rather than a bid price.
▪ Otherwise the investor will get the bid price less charges, although the sale commission will be waived on larger amounts.
▪ The current plan is for single pricing, in place of offer and bid prices, with the initial charge added on for buyers.
▪ Knighton is reported to be ready to abandon his takeover bid.
▪ And initial notification of such a takeover bid is almost never made by letter, for secrecy reasons.
▪ The rise in the Tonka bond was helped by a takeover bid from another toymaker, Hasbro.
▪ We're vulnerable to another takeover bid, especially if there's another recession.
▪ The Abingdon-based Morland brewers will know tomorrow if they've managed to fight off a hostile takeover bid.
▪ Last year Pilkington was regarded as the company still most likely to face a takeover bid, according to analysts.
▪ The definition of insider dealing would be expanded to include those contemplating a takeover bid as well as people using inside information.
▪ Time allowed 00:18 Read in studio A brewery which fought off a hostile takeover bid last year has announced record profits.
▪ The government subsequently decided not to accept any of the bids for Land Rover during April 1986 amid considerable political embarrassment.
▪ Last month, the Council on Competitive Government voted to accept bids on a contract.
▪ Quackenbush, 43, has not announced a reelection bid but has formed a campaign committee.
▪ The price has risen by 119p since Caradon announced a possible bid on 31 August.
▪ When considering bids, preference will be given to bids involving significant employee participation.
▪ The measure, considered a long-shot bid, failed when the Communists could not muster enough votes to pass it.
▪ Here, the District had few branches and had failed in its bid to secure funding for its own tutor-organiser.
▪ He and his wife Sandra contributed a total of $ 750 to her failed bid for county office.
▪ The parents of Allitt's victims have already failed in a court bid to force a public inquiry.
▪ He failed in his first bid in 1994.
▪ Carol Embury failed in her bid to win control of Swindon three years ago.
▪ Since a failed bid for the 1992 team, she became a mom.
▪ Dalglish switched his sights to Marker after failing in a £2.5million bid for Craig Short.
▪ He is from Sao Paulo, but failed in a bid to become the city's mayor in 1996.
▪ It has also launched a bid to overturn a ban on the use of vast factory whaling ships.
▪ Edinburgh-based Dragon launched the all-paper bid for its rival Far Eastern trust last month.
▪ And every lost bid is systematically examined to determine the crucial factors for next time.
▪ She could not, however, save his losing bid for a second term.
▪ War criminals kept from trial, page 8 Labour loses final bid to curb donations.
▪ Jim Gonzalez, the only Latino on the board at the time, lost in his re-election bid.
▪ Mark Chapman, who shot John Lennon dead 20 years ago, has lost his first bid for parole.
▪ Powell lost his bid to have his ally Richard Armitage, appointed as deputy defence secretary under Rumsfeld.
▪ Even if the race-track owners lose their bid, neighbouring tribes will get the machines too.
▪ In October, the performers lost a three-month legal bid to replace Kipperman.
▪ Mr Clerides, 73, who was making his third bid for the presidency, was far more reserved about the proposals.
▪ The paddle is used to make a bid.
▪ It was the same outfit Archer had told Newman that made the bid for Bennington.
▪ Hilton and Boomtown previously made an unsuccessful bid for a license in Lawrenceburg, Ind.
▪ But shareholding rules make hostile bids hard to win.
▪ They laughed, made jokes and bid on auction items such as a 1980 bottle of Parducci Cabernet Sauvignon.
▪ But the grand design was torpedoed when Lord Hanson made a bid for Imperial that shareholders found impossible to resist.
▪ However, if we continue to have a milder climate, it could mount a takeover bid in the garden.
▪ Conservative Washington commentator Patrick Buchanan, 58, is a perennial contender, having mounted losing bids in 1992 and this year.
▪ They would rather mount their own bid.
▪ A crucial factor upon which it will depend is the speed at which management-employee buy-out teams can mount bids.
▪ The fans are mounting their own bid for a voice in the game.
▪ Tomkins shares fell 7p to 276p on fears it is planning to mount a bid.
▪ But Mr Hooke says until the deal is closed he will continue to try to put his bid before BAe's board.
▪ Mter months of work and many meetings, the Mosher team put in their bid.
▪ Comsat, the Washington satellite firm, has put in a bid for all the craft.
▪ When the land came on the market, a dozen or so serious purchasers put in bids.
▪ People put together their bids only to find that the work invariably stays with the in-house team.
▪ Instead, AHAs would be expected to put in appropriate bids for development.
▪ Local authorities will have until the end of September to put in bids for funding.
▪ Only when a firm is put into play or bid for is the management's performance given any scrutiny.
▪ You simply set a starting bid and leave an instruction to raise the bid in preset increments up to a ceiling.
▪ But then it would realize that the other firm would have also worked that out, and it should raise its bid.
▪ GEC/Siemens raised their bid to £2 billion in August 1989 and this proved sufficient to end the long running battle.
▪ The airline received 14, 760 bids during the auction, which lasted 2 1 / 2 months.
▪ Pemex received three bids on its Cosolacaque operation, which produces ammonia in southeastern Veracruz state.
▪ Your Board and its financial advisers Purchase and Szell continue to recommend strongly that you reject the bid.
▪ Wagenbach rejected a bid by Elliott to introduce as evidence an offer made to Mrs Moon to take a lie detector test.
▪ Police chiefs were asked to return to the drawing board after the Treasury rejected their bid for more than £200m.
▪ A Superior Court and state appeals court rejected her bid for parental rights.
▪ Morland rejects: Small independent brewer Morland last night rejected a £101.3m takeover bid from larger rival Greene King.
▪ Also there, Captain Oates, the man who was to make the ultimate sacrifice in a bid to save his colleagues.
▪ The government has set June 11 as the deadline for submitting bids, and hopes to select a concessionaire by July 3.
▪ On a large construction project, for example, the estimating process begins with the decision to submit a bid.
▪ It was awarded to us by the Independent Television Commission after we submitted an unopposed bid for the franchise.
▪ Three times Public Works submitted bids, and three times it lost.
▪ In the event of two or more applicants for the same franchise, both parties will be able to submit higher bids.
▪ We actively support Manchester's bid to bring the Olympic Games to Britain.
▪ Dole, who needs conservative activists' support for his presidential bid.
▪ We will actively support Britain's bid to host the 2000 Olympic Games in Manchester.
▪ And the Friends of Eastham Country Park are supporting their bid.
▪ Is my hon. Friend aware that, as polytechnics are to disappear, we now support its bid to become a university?
▪ Finally we would like to thank all our neighbours who have consistently supported us in our bid to settle permanently in Passfield.
▪ I really don't think I could support a bid for a supplementary allocation.
▪ Rabo owns an independent facilities management firm, Facet, which will run the network should it win the bid.
▪ The winning bid of R $ 279.6m was almost seven times the government's minimum of R $ 36.2m.
hostile takeover/bid
▪ But some societies fear hostile bids - a subject on the agenda at the Building Societies Association council meeting tomorrow.
▪ Jobs under threat ... Dowty loses the hostile takeover battle.
▪ Most bids were hostile, or were responses to actual or threatened hostile bids.
▪ Round one to Morlands ... brewery fight off hostile takeover.
▪ The only difference with hostile takeovers may be that the prices are higher.
top an offer/a bid etc
▪ A number of companies have submitted bids to buy the supermarket chain.
▪ The highest bid for the painting was £400.
▪ A Superior Court and state appeals court rejected her bid for parental rights.
▪ But it's now facing a hostile takeover bid by a Suffolk based-brewery, Greene King.
▪ If he does not, analysts are already talking about recommending the shares on bid hopes.
▪ McCormick would not rule out the possibility of making a bid for the business.
▪ Secretary of State Christopher is to join IsraelSyria peace talks today in Maryland in an intensified bid for progress in the negotiations.
▪ That is being provided and I look forward to meeting the bid committee again towards the end of this month.
▪ The bids value Burmine shares at A $ 4. 00 each and Gasgoyne shares at A $ 2. 67 each.
▪ More than 60 companies have bid for access.
▪ The bid is conditional on Aberdeen shareholders deciding to reject their company's bid for Brabant Resources, another small oil company.
▪ Together the two companies bid almost £53m to retain their 10 year broadcasting licences in last year's franchise auction.
▪ The company had to bid for its new broadcasting licence at auction and won it with a bid of £2,000.
▪ Maenwhile, Group 4 says it will bid for any future contracts.
▪ Instead, the city should be preparing to bid on the contracts to provide services to the new communities.
▪ Mr Hamilton added that several law firms had asked whether they could bid for contracts as consortia.
▪ We maintain the authority to adjust the bid if contracts are not formalized in that period. 15.
▪ Likewise, voluntary bodies need funding to enable them to bid for contracts.
▪ Soon after the opening on Nasdaq yesterday, investors had bid the stock up to a high of 373 / 4.
▪ And as we all know, bids push up share prices.
▪ However, a surplus or excess supply still exists and competition among sellers will once again bid down the price of corn.
▪ Instead of spurring more output and a stronger economy, those dollars would merely bid up prices.
▪ The emergency consists of a takeover bid by a larger and more aggressive company.
▪ Also rumoured they used strong-arm tactics during one of Buckmaster's many takeover bids to build up his conglomerate.
at sb's bidding
do sb's bidding
hostile takeover/bid
▪ But some societies fear hostile bids - a subject on the agenda at the Building Societies Association council meeting tomorrow.
▪ Jobs under threat ... Dowty loses the hostile takeover battle.
▪ Most bids were hostile, or were responses to actual or threatened hostile bids.
▪ Round one to Morlands ... brewery fight off hostile takeover.
▪ The only difference with hostile takeovers may be that the prices are higher.
▪ At the auction, I bid £50 for a small antique mirror, but it ended up selling for over £200.
▪ Baxley International said Friday that it bid $11 million in cash and stock to acquire the Los Angeles-based company.
▪ Competition between the two companies bidding for the contract is fierce.
▪ San Diego is asking private companies to bid against city workers to run one of the city's three water treatment plants.
▪ If Richemont should buy out the Philip Morris stake it would trigger an obligation to bid for the rest of the shares.
▪ Lawrence was saying that Man City have bid 1.5 million, but he has recommended that the offer is rejected.
▪ The airline asked five airplane makers to bid on an order for $ 1 billion worth of new jets.
▪ And after designing 72 issues of Zzap! 64 I bid you all fond farewell and big hello to Commodore Force!
▪ Some wept as they bid the popular Aristide farewell.
▪ Sailing away: Middlesbrough residents have bid their final farewell to their adopted ship.
▪ I bid a fond farewell to the stack of porno mags beside my bed.
▪ She had bid her old mistress farewell the day before.
▪ Fast-food restaurants on International Speedway Boulevard used sign space usually reserved for specials to bid Earnhardt farewell.
▪ To the right lithographer Enid Randles bids farewell to friends and colleagues at Eagle Pottery after 15 years' service.
▪ When we rose to bid farewell, the mood was one of excitement, pleasure, satisfaction.
▪ Phil Gramm of Texas, who lost a presidential primary bid against Dole.
▪ The airline asked five airplane makers to bid on an order for $ 1 billion worth of new jets.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bid \Bid\ (b[i^]d), v. t. [imp. Bade (b[a^]d), Bid, (Obs.) Bad; p. p. Bidden, Bid; p. pr. & vb. n. Bidding.] [OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS. biddian, Icel. bi[eth]ja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request, and E. bead, also perh. to Gr. teiqein to persuade, L. fidere to trust, E. faith, and bide. But this word was early confused with OE. beden, beoden, AS. be['o]dan, to offer, command; akin to Icel. bj[=o][eth]a, Goth. biudan (in comp.), OHG. biotan to command, bid, G. bieten, D. bieden, to offer, also to Gr. pynqa`nesqai to learn by inquiry, Skr. budh to be awake, to heed, present OSlav. bud[=e]ti to be awake, E. bode, v. The word now has the form of OE. bidden to ask, but the meaning of OE. beden to command, except in ``to bid beads.'' [root]30.]

  1. To make an offer of; to propose. Specifically : To offer to pay ( a certain price, as for a thing put up at auction), or to take (a certain price, as for work to be done under a contract).

  2. To offer in words; to declare, as a wish, a greeting, a threat, or defiance, etc.; as, to bid one welcome; to bid good morning, farewell, etc.

    Neither bid him God speed.
    --2. John 10.

    He bids defiance to the gaping crowd.

  3. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known. [Mostly obs.] ``Our banns thrice bid !''

  4. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.

    That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow.

    Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee.
    --Matt. xiv. 28

    I was bid to pick up shells.
    --D. Jerrold.

  5. To invite; to call in; to request to come.

    As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
    --Matt. xxii. 9

    To bid beads, to pray with beads, as the Roman Catholics; to distinguish each bead by a prayer. [Obs.]

    To bid defiance to, to defy openly; to brave.

    To bid fair, to offer a good prospect; to make fair promise; to seem likely.

    Syn: To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command; direct; charge; enjoin.


Bid \Bid\, n. An offer of a price, especially at auctions; a statement of a sum which one will give for something to be received, or will take for something to be done or furnished; that which is offered.


Bid \Bid\, imp. & p. p. of Bid.


Bid \Bid\, v. i. [See Bid, v. t.]

  1. To pray. [Obs.]

  2. To make a bid; to state what one will pay or take.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

probably an early Middle English influence or confusion of two old words: The sense in bid farewell is from Old English biddan "to ask, entreat, beg, pray, beseech; order" (class V strong verb, past tense bæd, past participle beden), from Proto-Germanic *bidjan "to pray, entreat" (source also of German bitten "to ask," attested in Old High German from 8c., also Old Saxon bidjan, Old Frisian bidda, Old Norse biðja, Gothic bidjan). This, according to Kluge and Watkins, is from a PIE root *gwhedh- "to ask, pray" (see bead (n.)).\n

\nTo bid at an auction, meanwhile, is from Old English beodan "offer, proclaim" (class II strong verb; past tense bead, past participle boden), from Proto-Germanic *beudan "to stretch out, reach out, offer, present," (source also of German bieten "to offer," Old High German biatan, also Old Saxon biodan, Old Frisian biada, Old Norse bjoða, Gothic anabiudan "to command"). This is from PIE root *bheudh- "to be aware, make aware" (see bode (v.)). As a noun, 1788, from the verb.


init. (context medicine English) ''Bis in die'': twice a day, two times per day.

  1. n. an authoritative direction or instruction to do something [syn: command, bidding, dictation]

  2. an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention" [syn: play]

  3. a formal proposal to buy at a specified price [syn: tender]

  4. (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make [syn: bidding]

  5. [also: bidding, bidden, bade]

  1. v. propose a payment; "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting" [syn: offer, tender]

  2. invoke upon; "wish you a nice evening"; "bid farewell" [syn: wish]

  3. ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons" [syn: beseech, entreat, adjure, press, conjure]

  4. make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; "He called his trump" [syn: call]

  5. make a serious effort to attain something; "His campaign bid for the attention of the poor population"

  6. ask someone in a friendly way to do something [syn: invite]

  7. [also: bidding, bidden, bade]


Bid or BID may refer to:

Usage examples of "bid".

So I will but bid thee be comforted and abide in thy love for the living and the dead.

But since we must needs part hastily, this at least I bid you, that ye abide with me for to-night, and the banquet in the great pavilion.

It would have been a bad notion to put him aboard one of those frigates.

Good or bad, saint or killer, Abraxas had taken their minds and swallowed them whole.

StregaSchloss on the end of a moth-eaten damask curtain was a bad idea, or maybe the sight of the Borgia money going to such an undeserving home had simply robbed the estate lawyer of the will to live, but miraculously his abseiling suicide attempt didnt kill him.

Baron was always very respectful to Mr Aching since Granny had died two years ago, calling him the finest shepherd in these hills, and was generally held by the people in the village to be not too bad these days.

Azareel limping, but supporting Acies who seemed to have had a bad time of it.

It still reverberated, though Ilna had noticed that the acoustics of this great square room were wretchedly bad.

Malipiero would often inquire from me what advantages were accruing to me from the welcome I received at the hands of the respectable ladies I had become acquainted with at his house, taking care to tell me, before I could have time to answer, that they were all endowed with the greatest virtue, and that I would give everybody a bad opinion of myself, if I ever breathed one word of disparagement to the high reputation they all enjoyed.

There was a legal adage that hard cases made for bad law, but the books could not anticipate all the things that people did.

I was struck by the dread in her voice, which seemed to be more fear of Aden himself than a reluctance to share the bad news.

I am quite transported at the thought that ere long, perhaps very soon, I shall bid an eternal adieu to all the pains and uneasinesses, and disquietudes of this weary life.

I have, for I have come to warn you that I bid adieu to your house, and -- and to you.

He arose from the oaken bench on which he was seated in the chapel, and wished, as the priest had done, to go and bid a last adieu to the double grave which contained his two lost friends.

I have now nothing further to do, my lord, than to wish you joy of your liberation, and to bid you adieu for ever.