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have (one's) druthers

To have one's choice or preference; to have things the way one would like them to be; to have one's way. Usually formulated as "if I had my druthers…." Primarily heard in US. I tell you, if I had my druthers, I'd spend the rest of my life living in Paris. If the president had his druthers, we'd be paying taxes for the privilege of breathing!
See also: druthers, have

have one's rathers

 and have one's druthers (More informal with druthers.)
to have what one prefers; to have one's way. If I had my rathers, we'd go out every Friday night. I suspect that if Joe had his druthers, he'd be taking Mary to the dance instead of Jill.
See also: have, rather

have one's druthers

Have one's choice, as in If I had my druthers I'd go to London first. The noun druthers is a contraction of "would rather." [Slang; late 1800s]
See also: druthers, have
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If I had my druthers and I was in charge of the budget," he told the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, "the budget might well be 80 percent national defense.
Given their druthers, I'm sure they both would have preferred to be at a desk (with time for some real reflection before the whistle blew and the arrows started to fly).
Ed Trauschke, the station's news director, said that if he had his druthers, he'd stream the trial live on the Web.
But if promoter Jason Bonsignore has his druthers, the track will be busy throughout the winter.
So, if the directors had their druthers, all they wished for was for the hostile party to just go away and leave them alone to enjoy their tailor-mades.
In a recent interview, the six-time Golden Globe Award-winner said: "If I had my druthers, it wouldn't be to change the studio system.
I think if they had their druthers, they would like to see Prada or Gucci [in the space].
There's a tendency among college math professors to say, 'if I had my druthers,' and say what you wish every student would come with--which is not the same thing as what every student needs to succeed.
And I realized that if I had my druthers, that's what I'd be doing in my career.
Lukas cites an Independent Women's Forum/Pew poll to the effect that only 15 percent of women would work full-time, if they had their druthers, and an additional third would opt for part-time.
Given my own druthers, I would opt not to generalize those affected by Hurricane Katrina and other calamities in favor of terms specific to each person in a story.
If we had our druthers we'd love to see the pyramid stay how it is," says Judi Adams, president of the Foundation for the Advancement of Grain-Based Foods.
If given its druthers, red maple prefers wet conditions but it will tolerate normal moisture situations with grace.