Definition of bidding war in English:

bidding war


  • A situation in which two or more parties repeatedly outbid each other as they compete to purchase something.

    ‘the film drew such rave reviews that it ignited a bidding war between the major film distribution companies’
    • ‘They decided to share the rights instead of falling into a bidding war.’
    • ‘A heavy bidding war for the film rights to the proposed book ensued.’
    • ‘Soon there was a bidding war and international interest.’
    • ‘Maybe we'd have multiple offers and a bidding war would ensue.’
    • ‘During a prolonged telephone bidding war punctuated by gasps from a stunned audience, the work climbed far above its $800,000 high estimate.’
    • ‘I called Laura up, and I didn't know there was a bidding war for the rights at the time.’
    • ‘He looks remarkably unruffled for a man who, barely out of his teens, recently caused an astonishing bidding war among record companies.’
    • ‘The labor shortage has set off bidding wars for talent, which can wreak havoc on a business.’
    • ‘A couple of months earlier she was at the centre of a bidding war between record giants Universal and Sony.’
    • ‘The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' spidery garage rock has sparked a record-company bidding war.’