bid one's time

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bid one's time (third-person singular simple present bids one's time, present participle bidding one's time, simple past and past participle bid one's time)

  1. Misconstruction of bide one's time or bode one's time
    • 1844, James Fenimore Cooper, Lucy Hardinge, British title of Miles Wallingford edition, A. and W. Galignani, chapter II, page 26:
      It is wonderful with what far-sighted patience one of these wretches will bid his time, in order to effect a favourite acquisition.
    • 2008 September 1, Associated Press, “McCain: Hurricane defense OK, could be better”, in USA Today[1]:
      [Election 2008.] As anxious Republican delegates bid their time, President Bush on Monday headed for Texas, a state threatened by Hurricane Gustav.