Also, had sooner. Would prefer. For example, I had rather you let me do the driving, or He'd sooner switch than fight. This idiom today is often replaced by would rather. [Late 1500s] Also see just as soon.
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Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.
To put it rather uncharitably, the USPHS practiced a major dental experiment on a city full of unconsenting subjects.
What they found was that most people preferred to work with the lovable fool rather than the competent jerk.
Which is impossible unless people talk publicly rather than letting each crime be its own isolated incident.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Lady Rose is also rather subdued in the premiere, which is a pity.
Truth is a torch, but one of enormous size; so that we slink past it in rather a blinking fashion for fear it should burn us.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
I was rather awed by his imposing appearance, and advanced timidly to the doors, which were of glass, and pulled the bell.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Were you ever arrested, having in your custody another man's cash, and would rather go to gaol, than break it?
The streets here are rather wide for an Italian city but would be deemed intolerably narrow in America.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley