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 for to bid beads
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bead \Bead\ (b[=e]d), n. [OE. bede prayer, prayer bead, AS. bed,
     gebed, prayer; akin to D. bede, G. bitte, AS. biddan, to ask,
     bid, G. bitten to ask, and perh. to Gr. pei`qein to persuade,
     L. fidere to trust. Beads are used by the Roman Catholics to
     count their prayers, one bead being dropped down a string
     every time a prayer is said. Cf. Sp. cuenta bead, fr. contar
     to count. See Bid, in to bid beads, and Bide.]
     1. A prayer. [Obs.]
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     2. A little perforated ball, to be strung on a thread, and
        worn for ornament; or used in a rosary for counting
        prayers, as by Roman Catholics and Mohammedans, whence the
        phrases to tell beads,
  
     to be at one's beads,
  
     to bid beads, etc., meaning, to be at prayer.
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     3. Any small globular body; as,
        (a) A bubble in spirits.
        (b) A drop of sweat or other liquid. "Cold beads of
            midnight dew." --Wordsworth.
        (c) A small knob of metal on a firearm, used for taking
            aim (whence the expression to draw a bead, for, to
            take aim).
        (d) (Arch.) A small molding of rounded surface, the
            section being usually an arc of a circle. It may be
            continuous, or broken into short embossments.
        (e) (Chem.) A glassy drop of molten flux, as borax or
            microcosmic salt, used as a solvent and color test for
            several mineral earths and oxides, as of iron,
            manganese, etc., before the blowpipe; as, the borax
            bead; the iron bead, etc.
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     Bead and butt (Carp.), framing in which the panels are
        flush, having beads stuck or run upon the two edges.
        --Knight.
  
     Bead mold, a species of fungus or mold, the stems of which
        consist of single cells loosely jointed together so as to
        resemble a string of beads. [Written also bead mould.]
        
  
     Bead tool, a cutting tool, having an edge curved so as to
        make beads or beading.
  
     Bead tree (Bot.), a tree of the genus Melia, the best
        known species of which ({Melia azedarach), has blue
        flowers which are very fragrant, and berries which are
        poisonous.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bid \Bid\ (b[i^]d), v. t. [imp. Bade (b[a^]d), Bid, (Obs.)
     Bad; p. p. Bidden, Bid; p. pr. & vb. n. Bidding.]
     [OE. bidden, prop to ask, beg, AS. biddan; akin to OS.
     biddian, Icel. bi[eth]ja, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray,
     ask, request, and E. bead, also perh. to Gr. teiqein to
     persuade, L. fidere to trust, E. faith, and bide. But this
     word was early confused with OE. beden, beoden, AS.
     be['o]dan, to offer, command; akin to Icel. bj[=o][eth]a,
     Goth. biudan (in comp.), OHG. biotan to command, bid, G.
     bieten, D. bieden, to offer, also to Gr. pynqa`nesqai to
     learn by inquiry, Skr. budh to be awake, to heed, present
     OSlav. bud[=e]ti to be awake, E. bode, v. The word now has
     the form of OE. bidden to ask, but the meaning of OE. beden
     to command, except in "to bid beads." [root]30.]
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     1. To make an offer of; to propose. Specifically : To offer
        to pay ( a certain price, as for a thing put up at
        auction), or to take (a certain price, as for work to be
        done under a contract).
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     2. To offer in words; to declare, as a wish, a greeting, a
        threat, or defiance, etc.; as, to bid one welcome; to bid
        good morning, farewell, etc.
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              Neither bid him God speed.            --2. John 10.
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              He bids defiance to the gaping crowd. --Granrille.
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     3. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known. [Mostly
        obs.] "Our banns thrice bid !" --Gay.
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     4. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.
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              That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow. --Pope
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              Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee. --Matt.
                                                    xiv. 28
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              I was bid to pick up shells.          --D. Jerrold.
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     5. To invite; to call in; to request to come.
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              As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
                                                    --Matt. xxii.
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     To bid beads, to pray with beads, as the Roman Catholics;
        to distinguish each bead by a prayer. [Obs.]
  
     To bid defiance to, to defy openly; to brave.
  
     To bid fair, to offer a good prospect; to make fair
        promise; to seem likely.
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     Syn: To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command;
          direct; charge; enjoin.
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