would rather

would rather

would more willingly; would more readily. I would rather have an apple than a pear. I don't like pears. I'd rather live in the north than the south, because I like snow.
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would rather

Prefer to, as in We would rather eat dinner before the movie. [Mid-1500s]
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References in classic literature ?
It is very likely I shall never marry at all," answered Sophia; "I think, at least, I shall never marry a man in whose understanding I see any defects before marriage; and I promise you I would rather give up my own than see any such afterwards.
He likes Nettie Blewett pretty well, too, and mother would rather he married her than any one.
But while I am alive and have desires I would rather my hand were withered off than bring one brick to such a building
The prince would rather have kept this particular cross.
But it was all very confusing, and not quite pleasant, so that Pollyanna was glad, indeed, when at last she found herself outside in the hushed, sweet air--only she was very sorry, too: for she knew it was not going to be easy, or anything but sad, to tell Jimmy Bean to-morrow that the Ladies' Aid had decided that they would rather send all their money to bring up the little India boys than to save out enough to bring up one little boy in their own town, for which they would not get "a bit of credit in the report," according to the tall lady who wore spectacles.
If the coin suits you, tell me so, and I'll send you the rest at my leisure: if you would rather remain my creditor than stuff your purse with such ungainly, heavy pieces, - tell me still, and I'll pardon your bad taste, and willingly keep the treasure to myself.
She had to be honest, but she would rather not have complimented Felicity.
For those physician executives who fear giving up control--who would rather tell people the answer than ask them for their suggestions--a word of caution: Whoever asks the questions, controls the interaction.
Mumbo Jumbo itself can, in fact, be regarded as Reed's contribution to this "future Text" and a product of Jes Grew: "the manic in the artist who would rather do glossolalia than be 'neat clean and lucid'" (211).
Surveys have consistently found that most people would rather continue to live at home rather than in a nursing home.
Get Out of Town - Nearly half of Americans would most like to spend a weekend away in an exciting city; 18% would rather be at a spa; 24% prefer a quiet bed-and-breakfast; and 7% would like to be on a dude ranch.
CBS would Rather he stay: In an unexpected move, CBS quietly has given ``CBS Evening News'' anchor Dan Rather a contract that will keep him at the network at least until 2004, according to sources familiar with the deal.
We know Billy's parents don't love him because his father (Ben Gazzara) killed his puppy and his mother would rather watch a football game than talk to him, but, again, it doesn't really matter.
Young people would rather give up food for a day than give up music for a day according to a groundbreaking new survey of Music Trendsetters from MTV and Youth Intelligence.