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prefer charges

To make a formal complaint of wrongdoing or mistreatment against another person. A: "Is it true that Greg preferred charges against you?" B: "Yes, but his claim is completely false! I've never done anything to him!" I really hope our neighbors don't prefer charges against us—I never would have cut down that tree if I had known it was on their property!
See also: charge, prefer

had (just) as soon do something

 and would (just) as soon do something
prefer to do something else; to be content to do something. (The would or had is usually expressed as the contraction 'd.) They want me to go into town. I'd as soon stay home. If you're cooking stew tonight, we'd as soon eat somewhere else. I would just as soon stay home as pay to go to see a bad movie.
See also: soon

prefer someone or something to someone (or something else)

to rank the desirability of someone or something over someone or something else. For the post of treasurer, I prefer Don to Jill. I prefer missing a meal to Jill's cooking.
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prefer something against someone

to file legal charges against someone [with the police]; to file a complaint or a charge against someone. The neighbors preferred charges against the driver of the car who ruined their lawns. I will not prefer charges against the driver, since it was partly my fault.
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73), the preferred means were stronger than the actual means, although again not to any meaningful degree.
In either case, the preferred share issuer would forgo interest deductions in exchange for a reduced "interest rate" paid in the form of a fixed return on preferred shares.
Purchasing preferred shares is as easy as buying ordinary shares.
Study legislation to target abusive freeze transactions such as manipulation of investment instruments, lapsing rights, unrealistic buy-sell agreements and valuation of preferred stock upon a subsequent gift of the preferred stock, or death of the preferred stockholder, inconsistent with the valuation of the preferred stock at the time of the freeze.
Fitch has assigned the Preferred HITS Class D equity treatment (75% equity content).
Section 351(g)(2)(C) sets forth additional exceptions for disregarding certain rights or obligations of purchase or redemption in determining whether preferred stock is considered NQPS.
The EITF considered the following situation: An employer issues convertible preferred stock to an ESOP.
3689 per share representing the dividend payment originally due November 15, 2006, was declared on the outstanding Series C Preferred Stock, payable February 15, 2007, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 5, 2007.
allow the Company to acquire shares of its common stock for a period of five years from the date of completion of the transaction, without the approval of the holders of the Series 2 Preferred, notwithstanding that accrued and unpaid dividends may exist with respect to the Series 2 Preferred; and
20% Tax Advantaged Series B Cumulative Preferred Stock on June 26, 2006 at the redemption price of $25.
Holders who hold shares of Preferred Stock through a broker should contact their broker with regard to the redemption process because their shares will be redeemed in accordance with the broker's and DTCC's procedures.
The holders of the Series 2 Preferred that are parties to the Exchange Agreements separately solicited LSB in connection with the exchange, and each Exchange Agreement was negotiated with the holders.
Given the purchase price proposed by the Offering Group, the terms of certain agreements concluded with preferred stockholders as described later herein, and present management estimates of certain costs and liability settlements, holders of the Company's common stock would likely receive approximately $1.
NEW YORK -- The Board of Trustees (the "Board") of Charter Mac Equity Issuer Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CharterMac (NYSE:CHC), has declared a dividend of $33,125 per share on its 6 5/8% Series A Cumulative Preferred Shares ("Series A Preferred Shares").
DENVER -- QualMark Corporation (OTCBB: QMRK), a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Testing), HASS (Highly Accelerated Stress Screening) and electro-dynamic systems, today announced the conversion of all of the outstanding Series C preferred shares into common shares, which eliminates all outstanding preferred stock on the QualMark balance sheet.