One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Meekly ready to accept and follow instructions; docile and obedient.
obedient, tractable, amenable, pliable, pliant, complaisant, cooperative, malleable, persuadable, like putty in one's hands, manipulableView synonyms
- ‘Was the heavier, unhappier Sophie more biddable, I wonder?’
- ‘Their homes and offices were bugged to give the United States notice of whether they were biddable.’
- ‘They were looking for someone upright, biddable, intelligent, presentable.’
- ‘She was still in shock, I thought, biddable, easy to direct.’
- ‘The girls were very biddable then, they'd do what they were told and what their mother and father would tell them.’
- ‘She did seem honest on the matters my partner and I raised (my partner proving a much more sophisticated and less biddable interrogator than me).’
- ‘Louse is potentially biddable and a successful outcome needs the cooperation of all the adults with Louise's interests as the sole focus.’
- ‘You were, generally, biddable on immigration, and tough on intolerance.’
- ‘The payoff for giving the German shorthaired pointer the exercise and training it requires is a stalwart companion - alert, biddable and very loyal.’
- ‘It is a new type of radio persona: softer, less brash and more biddable.’
- ‘In the days of the former administration, the backbenches and the party were so docile and biddable that they would do anything to support their leader.’
- ‘One horse is biddable and can learn to obey commands, but the other is both deaf and violent, and so can be controlled only by force.’
- ‘A less biddable group would be difficult to imagine.’
- ‘Joe is a strong biddable dog with confident power and a great disposition,his pedigree has great depth which explains why so many of his offspring are now competing successfully.’
- ‘I suppose it's just that cats are less biddable.’
- ‘You've had border collies… are you saying that you want a dog that's high-drive, smart, biddable, etc, but just less so than a border?’
- ‘What's never questioned here, though it might have been, is the biddable character of Ishmael.’
- ‘Shepherds look for exceptional athletic ability, a biddable nature, and superior livestock sense.’
- ‘The empire's administrators liked their maharajahs to be foreign in attire and biddable in all things.’
- ‘There isn't anymore an exclusively biddable media converting press releases into what people imagined was news.’
Strong enough to justify a bid.
- ‘Overcalls can be made with 8 to 12 points and a biddable suit, perhaps closer to 12 points at the two level, and, if nothing else, calls for the best opening lead.’
- ‘If you only have one biddable suit (5+ card), you should rebid that suit.’
- ‘A four card holding is the normal minimum suit length for a biddable suit at Bridge.’
- ‘When a hand contains more than one biddable suit, look ahead to the rebid.’
- ‘Suits are biddable when you hold a length of four cards headed by at least one honour card or you hold five or more cards.’
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