bid fair

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Verb[edit]

bid fair (third-person singular simple present bids fair, present participle bidding fair, simple past bade fair, past participle bidden fair)

  1. (usually with "to") To have a reasonable claim; to seem likely.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 632:
      Yet this English experimentation abruptly ended when Edward, after a healthy and assertive childhood in which he bade fair to be as over-lifesize as his formidable father, died young in 1553.