do someone bidding


command; summons; invitation: I went there at his bidding.
bids collectively, or a period during which bids are made or received: The bidding began furiously.
a bid.
do someone's bidding, to submit to someone's orders; perform services for someone: After he was promoted to vice president at the bank, he expected everyone around him to do his bidding.

1125–75; Middle English; see bid1, -ing1 Unabridged
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bidding (ˈbɪdɪŋ)
1.  an order; command (often in the phrases doorfollow the bidding of, at someone's bidding)
2.  an invitation; summons
3.  the act of making bids, as at an auction or in bridge
4.  bridge a group of bids considered collectively, esp those made on a particular deal

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Word Origin & History

The modern verb is a merger of two old words. The sense in bid farewell is from O.E. biddan "to ask, entreat, pray, beseech; order; beg" (class V strong verb, past tense bæd, past participle beden), from P.Gmc. *bidjan "to pray, entreat" (cf. Ger. bitten "to ask," O.H.G., 8c.), which, according
to Kluge and Watkins is from a PIE base *gwhedh- "to ask, pray" (see bead). A bid at an auction, meanwhile, is from O.E. beodan "offer, proclaim" (class II strong verb; p.t. bead, p.p. boden), from P.Gmc. *biudanan "to stretch out, reach out, offer, present," (cf. Ger. bieten "to offer"), from PIE base *bh(e)udh- "to be aware, make aware" (cf. Skt. bodhati "is awake, is watchful, observes," buddhah "awakened, enlightened;" O.C.S. bljudo "to observe;" Lith. budeti "to be awake;" O.Ir. buide "contentment, thanks").
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