have (one's) druthers

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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
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A 24-inch-barrel version is available for those who prefer, but if we had our druthers, we'd stick with the shorter one.
If we had our druthers the thing wouldn't get built," he said.
If we had our druthers," Jackson said, "we'd rather have Kwame taking the load out there and Andrew doing some things that would be unique and different for a team to have to handle.
Over time, if we had our druthers, we'd move into that existing livestock arena and convert it into a sports and athletic center," he said.
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.
In Maryland, Montgomery County school district spokesman Brian Porter told a local paper, "If we had our druthers, we would not be doing this program.
State economic development officials are disappointed, and we are too -- if we had our druthers, we'd druther have landed the Toyota plant than see it go to Texas.
If we had our druthers, we'd slow the tempo down a little bit, make them guard Shaquille a little more and get them in foul trouble a lot earlier.
Normally, if we had our druthers, we'd keep the property and develop it ourselves," James Matthews said during a rare 1989 interview.