Got it. Thank you very much.I agree with Cardinal that it's uncommon. I read it every once and again in a "high-end" newspaper/magazine, and every time I think "what does that mean?".
In other words, it's used more in high-end / "intellectual" publications, in my opinion.
"to bid someone an invitation" may be the root.
Thank you. Does it always associated with a negative meaning?
I came across it from a article by Richard Altick: The Art of Literary Research:Time comes context/source. Where did you read/hear this, Sun. (The best sun I could muster.)