She could not bear that even her mother should witness the emotion that bid fair, in these first moments, to overwhelm her.
Prices of woolen fabrics were advancing, and bid fair to rule high.
It bid fair to be a weak attempt, for there were just five to attempt it, and of the others there may have been fifty.
She seemed older than her years, but she was well and bid fair to live years yet.
Charles was almost a man, and bid fair to make a fine-looking fellow.
Hitherto I think you bid fair for it, and seem to meet with general applause.
Of these, the Atmospheric railway was the most promising, and for a time it bid fair to supersede the use of locomotive engines.
The family prestige must be maintained and he bid fair to do it.
Why, does it bid fair for a change in the weather, Benjamin?
Happy he who had sixpence, for he bid fair to be a judge upon the bench.
Old English fæger "beautiful, lovely, pleasant," from Proto-Germanic *fagraz (cf. Old Saxon fagar, Old Norse fagr, Old High German fagar "beautiful," Gothic fagrs "fit"), perhaps from PIE *pek- "to make pretty" (cf. Lithuanian puošiu "I decorate").
The meaning in reference to weather (c.1200) preserves the original sense (opposed to foul). Sense of "light-complexioned" (1550s) reflects tastes in beauty; sense of "free from bias" (mid-14c.) evolved from another early meaning, "morally pure, unblemished" (late 12c.). The sporting senses (fair ball, fair catch etc.) began in 1856. Fair play is from 1590s; fair and square is from c.1600. Fair-haired in the figurative sense of "darling, favorite" is from 1909. First record of fair-weather friends is from 1736.
early 14c., from Anglo-French feyre (late 13c.), from Old French feire, from Vulgar Latin *feria "holiday, market fair," from Latin feriae "religious festivals, holidays," related to festus "solemn, festive, joyous" (see feast).