Illinois prison slang for the length of one's sentence.

example: What's your bid ride?

response: About a fin and a half. (5.5 years)

Bid (?), v. t. [imp. Bade (?), 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. bija, OHG. bittan, G. bitten, to pray, ask, request, and E. bead, also perh. to Gr. to persuade, L. fidere to trust, E. faith, and bide. But this word was early confused with OE. beden, beoden, AS. beodan, to offer, command; akin to Icel. bja, Goth. biudan (in comp.), OHG. biotan to command, bid, G. bieten, D. bieden, to offer, also to Gr. to learn by inquiry, Skr. budh to be awake, to heed, present OSlav. budti 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.]


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).


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.

Neither bid him God speed. 2. John 10.

He bids defiance to the gaping crowd. Granrille.


To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known.

[Mostly obs.] "Our banns thrice bid !"



To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.

That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow. Pope

Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee. Matt. xiv. 28

I was bid to pick up shells. D. Jerrold.


To invite; to call in; to request to come.

As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. Matt. xxii. 9

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.

Syn. -- To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command; direct; charge; enjoin.


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Bid (?),

imp. & p. p. of Bid.


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Bid, n.

An offer of a price, especially at auctions; a statement of a sum which one will give for something to be received, or will take for something to be done or furnished; that which is offered.


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Bid, v. i. [See Bid, v. t.]


To pray.




To make a bid; to state what one will pay or take.


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