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  1. Newbie
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    What am I bid?

    Hello!

    What does this mean?:

    "What am I bid?!"

    I saw/heard this in a movie: when a girl greets an old friend of hers that she hasn't seen for a long time.

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: What am I bid?

    It means, how are you going to greet me?

    To express (a greeting, farewell, benediction, or wish): to bid good night.
    bid - Definitions from Dictionary.com


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    Re: What am I bid?

    Quote Originally Posted by ELFABI View Post
    Hello!

    What does this mean?:

    "What am I bid?!"

    I saw/heard this in a movie: when a girl greets an old friend of hers that she hasn't seen for a long time.

    Thank you for your help.

    hmmmmmmmmm....I have never heard of this expression used as a greeting before but I suppose it could be a slang expression somewhere.

    "What am I bid!?" is an expression usually used by an auctioneer when he is starting a bidding process for an object that he is selling. He is asking for someone to offer a price (bid).

    "What am I bid for this fine diamond ring?"

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    Re: What am I bid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    hmmmmmmmmm....I have never heard of this expression used as a greeting before but I suppose it could be a slang expression somewhere.
    It's not slang, though; more like out-dated; e.g., to bid (someone/something) farewell. Check out meaning 2. here bid. The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000..

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