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the competitive calls made in bridge and other games before play begins, undertaking to win a given number of tricks if a certain suit is trumps



in international trade, a method of selling certain goods (such as fur pelts, tobacco, and tea) in separate lots. Prior to an auction the goods (or samples of them) are exhibited for the inspection of possible buyers. The time and place of the auction are announced beforehand. The general conditions of the sale of goods are determined by the seller. The buyer is considered to be the person who during the course of the auction has offered the highest price. At an auction, in contrast to an ordinary sale, the seller is absolved from responsibility for the quality of the goods that are sold. In the USSR, international auctions for the sale of fur pelts are regularly held in Leningrad.

At the form of auction known as a public sale there is a forced sale of the property of people who cannot pay their debts. Goods are also sold if they have not been claimed on time from transportation and warehouse enterprises and in certain other cases.


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Megawide-GMR consortium believes that this is yet another attempt by the Filinvest-CAI consortium to exert undue influence on PBAC and seek our disqualification after we emerged as the highest bidder for the Mactan-Cebu Airport project," Ferrer added.
Now they are in negotiations with developers to demolish the historic Providence School and sell the site to the highest bidder for flats.
No members of the RNLI or any other voluntary group ever sell their story to the highest bidder, or any bidder for that matter," she slammed.
To celebrate the launch of its new summer 2004 brochure, Direct Holidays is offering a superb seven-night, self-catering holiday for two adults and two children, to the Punta Prima Apartments in Punta Prima, Menorca, to this week's highest bidder.
Clinton's own "no security" strut was an ironic end to an administration that apparently sold our nation's security to the highest bidder.
Sotheby's, Swann Galleries, Christie's, and other high-end auction houses also sell racist items to the highest bidder.
According to the National Port Administration, the highest bidder will be awarded 80% ownership of the facility.
George turned out to be a political prostitute of the lowest rank, a tarnished street walker with an uncanny talent for selling his soul to the highest bidder in the grand old tradition of smoke-filled rooms and clubhouse deals.
The Privatisation Commission has not been following uniform rules for handing over the units to the highest bidder.
99designs will use its 5-word speech to thank the highest bidder on stage at the Webby Award Gala in New York City on Monday, June 14th.
Aurobindo Pharma USA, issued the highest bidder to gain the assets of Natrol, along with certain liabilities and ICV Partners had made a $84 million bid, the next highest bidder after Aurobindo was SRN Acquisition Corporation with a bid of $132 million.
It is another tricky situation for the DOTC, the Department of Transportation and Communications, which is the biggest executive department of the government, as it screens the highest bidder in the P17.