To bid fair
Fair Fair, adv. Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably. [1913 Webster]

{Fair and square}, justly; honestly; equitably; impartially. [Colloq.]

{To bid fair}. See under {Bid}.

{To speak fair}, to address with courtesy and frankness. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To bid fair — Bid Bid (b[i^]d), v. t. [imp. {Bade} (b[a^]d), {Bid}, (Obs.) {Bad}; p. p. {Bidden}, {Bid}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bidding}.] [OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS. biddian, Icel. bi[eth]ja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To speak fair — Fair Fair, adv. Clearly; openly; frankly; civilly; honestly; favorably; auspiciously; agreeably. [1913 Webster] {Fair and square}, justly; honestly; equitably; impartially. [Colloq.] {To bid fair}. See under {Bid}. {To speak fair}, to address… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To bid beads — Bid Bid (b[i^]d), v. t. [imp. {Bade} (b[a^]d), {Bid}, (Obs.) {Bad}; p. p. {Bidden}, {Bid}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bidding}.] [OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS. biddian, Icel. bi[eth]ja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To bid defiance to — Bid Bid (b[i^]d), v. t. [imp. {Bade} (b[a^]d), {Bid}, (Obs.) {Bad}; p. p. {Bidden}, {Bid}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bidding}.] [OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS. biddian, Icel. bi[eth]ja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bid fair — To seem likely • • • Main Entry: ↑bid bid fair see under ↑bid1 • • • Main Entry: ↑fair * * * bid fair : to seem likely a movie that bids fair to become a big hit [=a movie that will probably be very successful] …   Useful english dictionary

  • bid fair — verb To have a reasonable claim; to seem likely. San Francisco bid fair to being as zany as New York. , Tea With the Black Dragon , 1983 …   Wiktionary

  • bid fair to — archaic seem likely to. → bid for …   English new terms dictionary

  • bid fair — {v.}, {literary} To seem likely; promise. * /He bids fair to be a popular author./ * /The day bids fair to be warm./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bid fair — {v.}, {literary} To seem likely; promise. * /He bids fair to be a popular author./ * /The day bids fair to be warm./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bid\ fair — v literary To seem likely; promise. He bids fair to be a popular author. The day bids fair to be warm …   Словарь американских идиом

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