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    #1

    bid defiance to

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
    The thief pulled out a knife and bade defiance to the police officer.

    bid defiance to = behave in a provoking manner to someone

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    #2

    Re: bid defiance to

    I assume it's verbal.

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