Definition of bid fair to in US English:

bid fair to


literary, archaic
  • Seem likely to.

    ‘the girl bade fair to be pretty’
    • ‘Though it is at present in its infancy it bids fair to render us valuable assistance; but, so far at least, we have little reason to think that it will ever rival the fingers and the ears for delicacy and exactitude of diagnosis.’
    • ‘Michael has still to celebrate his 19th birthday and bids fair to be a star footballer for club and county in the years ahead.’
    • ‘He bids fair to be nominated a choral conductor par excellence.’
    • ‘This bids fair to become another recorded Beethoven cycle in the making, its completion presumably depending upon sales.’
    • ‘I think that he clearly has participated strongly in the formulation of what bids fair to be a successful campaign.’