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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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The owners know that Bud can't last forever (although as I wrote in the BP article, "If the owners had their druthers, Bud would be stuffed, propped up in a chair, a seance would be held, and Selig would run the league from the afterlife.
Given his druthers, the celebrated American writer much preferred the imagined Holy Land to its real-life, fly-specked, odiferous counterpart.
If I had my druthers, I would tinker the shape into more of a gothic arch with about a three-foot straight side at the bottom.
Given my druthers, I'11 take red meat and spuds for most of my meals.
Obviously my druthers is that this bill gets taken care of by the Legislature.
If CBS had its druthers, Sheen would spend nights at home quietly counting his cash, not trashing hotel rooms and cavorting with porn stars.
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).
If I had my druthers, I'd vote for curve to stick to its roots by remaining centered on lesbian content.
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.
Those are our maximums; anytime we have our druthers, the guns we uncase for a day afield will weigh even less than that.