bidding

A person's bidding is what he or she tells you to do for them. You do your brother's bidding when he asks you to bring him his shoes and you comply.

Doing your boss's bidding is usually part of a job description, although doing your cousin's or boyfriend's bidding usually isn't required — at least, it shouldn't be. When you are invited to eat at a friend's house, you might have to watch a slide show from his trip to Hawaii after dinner at his bidding. Bidding stems from the verb bid, with its Old English root of biddan, "ask, entreat, beseech, or order."

Definitions of bidding
  1. noun
    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
    synonyms: bid, command, dictation
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    countermand
    a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command
    order
    (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed
    charge, commission, direction, mandate
    a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
    commandment
    something that is commanded
    injunction
    a formal command or admonition
    behest
    an authoritative command or request
    open sesame
    a magical command; used by Ali Baba
    marching orders
    an order from a superior officer for troops to depart
    summons
    an order to appear in person at a given place and time
    word
    a verbal command for action
    misdirection
    an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge
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    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
  2. noun
    a request to be present
    “they came at his bidding
    synonyms: summons
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    invitation
    a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
  3. noun
    (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make
    synonyms: bid
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    contract, declaration
    (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make
    takeout
    (bridge) a bid that asks your partner to bid another suit
    overbid, overcall
    (bridge) a bid that is higher than your opponent's bid (especially when your partner has not bid at all and your bid exceeds the value of your hand)
    pre-empt, preempt, preemptive bid
    a high bid that is intended to prevent the opposing players from bidding
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    statement
    a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc
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