1) PHRASE If you do something at someone's bidding, you do it because they have asked you to do it. [FORMAL]

The Prime Minister was right to reject him, even though it was only at the bidding of his backbenchers.

2) PHRASE: V inflects (disapproval) If you say that someone does another person's bidding, you disapprove of the fact that they do exactly what the other person asks them to do, even when they do not want to. [FORMAL]

He dominated her, forcing her to do his bidding.

3) See also bid

English dictionary. 2008.

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