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 Bid.Bidding Beads. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bid-ale.
 
An invitation of friends to assemble at the house of a poor man to drink ale, and thus to raise alms for his relief.   1
        “The ordinary amusements in country parishes (in 1632) were church-ales, clerk-ales, and bid-ales, … consisting of drinking and sports, particularly dancing.”—T. V. Short, D.D.: History of the Church of England, p. 392.
        “Denham, in 1634, issued an order in the western circuit to put an end to the disorders attending church-ales, bid-ales, clerk-ales, and the like.”—Howitt: History of England (Charles I., chap. iii. p. 159).
 


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