He could surely have attempted an agreement after such a dramatic step, preferred to “throw the keys over the fence.”
Silence was clearly the preferred strategy of Republican candidates up and down the ballot.
By late afternoon, the rumors were that Berlusconi might resign on primetime television—his preferred soapbox.
They preferred a true red-state senator named Tom McClintock.
The 24-hour news cycle demands such hot ice cream because any version of the outlandish is preferred over being “cool.”
For this last purpose the period is to be preferred to any other mark in use.
At least, he would have preferred to talk about other people, but he faced the music.
We should decidedly have preferred to receive it in the counting-house!
In time they adopt codes, standards, preferred types, and fashions.
Youd have preferred him to start with mahogany and polished brass.
late 14c., "to put forward or advance in rank or fortune, to promote," from Old French preferer (14c.) and directly from Latin praeferre "place or set before, carry in front," from prae "before" (see pre-) + ferre "to carry, to place" (see infer). Meaning "to esteem (something) more than others" also is recorded from late 14c. Original sense in English is preserved in preferment.