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."

Primary Meanings of bidding

1.
n
an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
2.
n
(bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make
Full Definitions of bidding
1

n an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

Synonyms:
bid, command, dictation
Examples:
Ten Commandments
the biblical commandments of Moses
Types:
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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
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
Type of:
speech act
the use of language to perform some act

n a request to be present

“they came at his bidding
Synonyms:
summons
Type of:
invitation
a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
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n (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make

Synonyms:
bid
Types:
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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
Type of:
statement
a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

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