bid up


bade up or bid up; bidden up or bid up also bade up; bidding up; bids up

transitive verb

: to raise the price of (something, such as property at auction) by a succession of offers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The governor again said that his reason for handing out cash was to help people pressured by higher prices, even though economists agree that such spending worsens inflation by dumping more cash into the economy to bid up the prices of goods and services. Jeff Amy, ajc, 22 Sep. 2022 Today, they're being bid up as investors ponder, wait a second, there isn't yet a wallop of bad news, so why not buy the dip? Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2021 Traders bid up crude prices after the news of cuts totaling more than 1.1 million barrels a day, or 1 percent of global production, beginning next month. Stanley Reed,, 3 Apr. 2023 So Europe bid up the price. CBS News, 31 Aug. 2022 Even companies with little or no revenue have been bid up to multibillion-dollar valuations. Dallas News, 21 Mar. 2021 To try to troll scalpers, some have bid up prices of the hardware with no intent to buy. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 10 Dec. 2020 Even still, investors have bid up the shares by over 30% in the past 12 months, to an all-time high. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 20 Oct. 2020 Investors, believing that Dick’s could profit in the pandemic economy and encouraged by stimulus from Congress and the Federal Reserve, bid up the price of the company’s stock. Peter Eavis, New York Times, 8 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bid up was in 1864

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“Bid up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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