A tough old cowboy told his grandson that if he wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a little gunpowder on his oatmeal every morning. The grandson did this religiously, and lived to the age of 93.
When he died he left 14 children, 28 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren… and a 15-foot hole in the wall of the crematorium.
—v. (-dd-; past bid, archaic bade; past part. Bid, archaic bidden) 1 (past and past part. Bid) a (esp. At an auction) make an offer (of) (bid for the vase; bid £20). B offer a service for a stated price.
- literary command; invite (bid the soldiers shoot; bade her start).
- literary utter (a greeting or farewell) to (i bade him welcome).
- (past and past part. Bid) cards state before play how many tricks one intends to make. —n. - act of bidding.
- amount bid.
- colloq. Attempt; effort (bid for power). bidder n. [old english]
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