in preference to somebody/something
in preference to (someone or something)
Over or instead of someone or something else. We chose to publish Mary's essay in preference to yours because hers dealt more explicitly with the topic we assigned. We've decided to go with a local credit union in preference to a big multinational bank.
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in preference to somebody/somethingrather than somebody/something: She was chosen in preference to her sister.
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