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    What is the meaning of "In a bid"?
    Where can I use this?
    Can I get some examples?

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    Default Re: "In a bid"

    What's the sentence you found it in?

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    Default Re: "In a bid"

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    = in an attempt

    They hired the best athletes in a bid to win the pennant.
    In a bid to finish up the war, Bush is sending a surge of 20,000 additional troops to Iraq.
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    Default Re: "In a bid"

    "in a bid" means attempting or trying:

    eg. In a bid to gain more voters, he campaigned for more benefits
    for the elderly.

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    Default Re: "In a bid"

    Are you sure it is correctly spelled?

    It might be "in a bit", meaning in a short while, in a short time.

    Hello everybody!

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    Default Re: "In a bid"

    Hi!
    You would have to tell me in which context you have seen it!

    Both are possible!


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    Default Re: "In a bid"

    Quote Originally Posted by heidita View Post
    Are you sure it is correctly spelled?

    It might be "in a bit", meaning in a short while, in a short time.

    Hello everybody!
    I am looking for "In a bid"

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    Default Re: "In a bid"

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
    = in an attempt
    They hired the best athletes in a bid to win the pennant.
    In a bid to finish up the war, Bush is sending a surge of 20,000 additional troops to Iraq.
    Quote Originally Posted by britbelle View Post
    "in a bid" means attempting or trying:
    eg. In a bid to gain more voters, he campaigned for more benefits
    for the elderly.
    I think we can use “In a bid” in stead of “in order to”.Am I right?
    I can see a preposition ‘to’ after “in a bid” in all sentences.
    Last edited by winston; 16-Feb-2007 at 13:41.

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    Default Re: "In a bid"

    I want to get a clear idea.

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    Default Re: "In a bid"

    In order to and in a bid are different. They can co-occur (e.g., He said, "I doubt that the IRL would put in a bid in order to continue the series.). Moreover, in its semantics in a bid houses the meaning, strategy. It's about obtaining control of something, as in this sense of the word play here: a bid (e.g., a play for sympathy).

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