The rest of the afternoon's proceedings, taken up as they were with the preliminaries of the case, bored him.
Clif received him cordially, but lost little time in preliminaries.
In September Bedford was sent to Paris to settle the preliminaries.
He drove the preliminaries forward with a sort of tremulous insistence.
But there had been some preliminaries attending his departure.
As we have said, there was no settling about preliminaries, no talking about choice as to the time of drawing.
We are still busy with the statutes, with the preliminaries.
You will receive from us a joint letter with a copy of the preliminaries.
The count, who was in haste to witness the coronation of his flame, was already arranging the preliminaries of his marriage.
“Perhaps Min will get through the preliminaries,” was the rejoinder.
1660s, from French préliminaire and directly from Medieval Latin praeliminaris, from Latin prae- "before" (see pre-) + limen (genitive liminis) "threshold" (see limit (n.)). A word that arose in reference to negotiations to end the Thirty Years' War. Earliest attested form in English is preliminaries (n.), 1650s.