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