One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(at an auction) make bids to raise the price rapidly.
- ‘Baseball fans forced the bidding up to $23,600 as they battled to buy bone chips from the arm of Seattle Mariners pitcher Jeff Nelson.’
- ‘Its edge of a knife stuff as the auction reaches its climax with buyers forcing the bidding higher and higher.’
- ‘Our reports of a recurring scam - bidding on your own Bartercard auctions in order to force the bidding up to your reserve price - have been investigated.’
- ‘This bid could also be a cover for an intention to bid Misère (it forces the bidding to seven, when a Misère bid is legal), or it could mean that you hold control of several suits.’
- ‘If that proves to be the case, SkyWay, far from being a helpless minnow menaced by the incumbent sharks, might find itself in a position to make life difficult - and expensive - for them by forcing the bidding.’
- ‘But in this story of a ravenous New York art dealer trying to force the bidding for a rare Jackson Pollock up to $20m, he makes some telling points.’
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