This means that any ceasefire also requires pressure on Israel—a commodity which tends to be in preciously short supply.
The image of the round little creature sitting at a desk churning out a literary confession is preciously hilarious.
Vale, grove, wayside, were all preciously different from of old.
To a missionary "in science," the "precious volume" cannot be too preciously bound.
Honore preserved it preciously in a pot for a fortnight, only to discover at length that this plant was a vulgar pumpkin.
For the others the figure was It, but for him it was preciously She.
You will allow me to remark that you have a preciously short memory.
I must guard it preciously, shut my eyes and ears to all the little jars and frets, and not allow them to interrupt.
He had enveloped her in glamour; his most preciously trained mental qualities lapsed in her presence.
I shall eventually find the flaw in his cuirass; and if I do not succeed, I must be preciously clumsy.
mid-13c., from Old French precios "precious, costly, honorable, of great worth" (11c., Modern French précieux), from Latin pretiosus "costly, valuable," from pretium "value, worth, price" (see price (n.)). Meaning "over-refined" in English first recorded late 14c. In Johnson's day, it also had a secondary inverted sense of "worthless." Related: Preciously; preciousness.
"beloved or dear person or object," 1706, from precious (adj.).