precedence over (someone or something)

precedence over (someone or something)

An existing priority over someone or something else. I'm afraid their project has precedence over yours because they are so much nearer to completion. Applicants with spouses or civil partners serving in the military will take precedence over all others.
See also: over, precedence
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*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, precedence
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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