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Bidding-Prayer

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The prayer for the souls of benefactors said before the sermon; a relic of this remains in the prayer used in cathedrals, university churches, etc. Bidding is from bead or bede. (Anglo-Saxon, biddan, to pray for the souls of benefactors.) (See Beadsman.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Bibulus
Biceps
Biceps Parnassus (Pers. Prol. 2)
Bickerstaff (Isaac)
Bioorn
Bid
Bid
Bid-ale
Bidding Beads
Bidding-Prayer
Biddy (i.e. Bridget)
Bideford Postman
Bidpai
Biforked Letter of the Greeks
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Big Bird
Big-endians
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Big-wig (A)

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Bidding Prayer