“They learn about what it is that drove them to these lengths,” says lief.
If they had just as lief go to Belfast as anywhere else, I'll run up there.
Nat would as lief shoot Hebby or anyone else who trailed you.
It seemed to me then that I would as lief be shot and have done with it.
Nevertheless, lief, the son of Eric, did not think much of his find.
If there was no one on earth dependent on me I'd as lief you'd shoot me to-morrow.
I—I—by Jove, I'd as lief lose my man again as let them have a hand in taking him!
I found Mahletonkwa had just as lief trade as fight, and a bit more so.
But if it turned out to be my best chum I'd just as lief thump him as not.
I'd as lief get wet through in the open as perish with cold in this fog-laden room.
Old English leof "dear, valued, beloved, pleasant;" also as a noun, "a beloved person, friend," from Proto-Germanic *leubo- (cf. Old Norse ljutr, Old Frisian liaf, Dutch lief, Old High German liob, German lieb, Gothic liufs "dear, beloved"), from PIE root *leubh- "love" (see love (n.)). As an adverb, "dearly, willingly" from c.1250. I want and I'd love to are overworked and misused to fill the hole left in the language when I would lief faded in 17c.