precedence over

*precedence over someone or something

the right to come before someone or something else; greater importance than someone or something else. (*Typically: take ~; have ~; be given ~.) Ambulances have precedence over regular cars at intersections. My manager's concerns take precedence over mine.
See also: over
References in classic literature ?
Seeing himself placed next the Priest, and noting the ceremony, and thinking himself --being Captain of a ship --as having plain precedence over a mere island King, especially in the King's own house --the Captain coolly proceeds to wash his hands in the punch bowl; --taking it i suppose for a huge finger-glass.
It was, as may well be imagined, no easy matter among so many noted cavaliers to choose out five on either side who should have precedence over their fellows.
So, as I did much more than I had been bidden to do, I was generously paid, for I was at length appointed captain of the musketeers, that is to say, the most envied position in court, which takes precedence over the marshals of France, and justly, for who says captain of the musketeers says the flower of chivalry and king of the brave.
Indeed, such is their determination to stick with the philosophy that has reaped huge rewards recently, Morgan believes it currently takes precedence over results - for the time being.
Sometimes you seem to give him precedence over denominational leaders in Wales without apparent grounds, and now and then it grates on some of us.
Whether the light reading was the same as when the teams left the field on day two should never have taken precedence over a global TV audience and a sold-out Oval - and an exciting finish engineered by the sides.
Some would argue bowl-outs devalue the Sykes Cup, which should take precedence over other competitions and be played in full.
There is one statement in the article that needs further clarification - "in 2011 the government introduced a 'specific performance law' which grants a contract of sale precedence over any pre-existing mortgage.
Only about one in four Russians, for instance, are now prepared to sacrifice their own living standards for the sake of national greatness, and in one Levada Center poll only 12 percent said the state's interests take precedence over human rights.
Rebuilding took precedence over Halloween festivities in Key West after Hurricane Wilma slammed the city on October 24.
Philadelphia's poor performance on the PSSA standardized tests has raised the concern that reading and writing should take precedence over the new history class.
But as local cricket gurus will tell you club rivalries take precedence over anything else in the region - with residents of under-achieving villages bearing the taunts of their more successful competitors down the road.
If there is any conflicting guidance pertaining to contracting, the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Defense and Army Federal Acquisition Regulation supplements will take precedence over this regulation and Department of Defense guidance.
It is a very sad day when headline news of the Emmy Awards takes precedence over three of our servicemen killed in Iraq.
Tradition is fine, usually even admirable, except when it takes precedence over common sense or any sense at all.