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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
To bid fair. To seem likely: as “He bids fair to do well;” “It bids fair to be a fine day.” (Anglo-Saxon, bédan or beódan, to promise, to offer.)   1
   To bid for [votes]. To promise to support in Parliament certain measures, in order to obtain votes.   2
   To bid against one. To offer or promise a higher price for an article at auction.   3
   I bid him defiance. I offer him defiance; I defy him.   4



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