gladly; willingly: I would as lief go south as not.
dear; beloved; treasured.
- liefly, adverb
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How to use lief in a sentence
“They learn about what it is that drove them to these lengths,” says lief.
For my part I would as lief sail back to Virginia and let them fight out their own quarrel.The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
It is impossible for a young girl of right instincts to say, "Oh, I would just as lief be an unclean person!"The American Country Girl | Martha Foote Crow
"I'd as lief be neighbours with a vixen," he said, nevertheless making place for her between him and Miriam.Sons and Lovers | David Herbert Lawrence
O my lief meskin, de love tol you be so groot, dat it bring me out my bed voor you.
Hes better now, but time was when Dick would just as lief never wash from early morn till dewy eve as Father used to say.Betty Lee, Freshman | David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
British Dictionary definitions for lief
rare gladly; willingly: I'd as lief go today as tomorrow
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