prefer (someone or something) to (someone or something else)

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prefer (someone or something) to (someone or something else)

To choose, or tend to choose, someone or something as more desirable or valuable than someone or something else. I usually prefer tea to coffee, but I need something a little stronger this morning. I don't know why Amy prefers Tom to Steve—Tom is such a jerk!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: prefer, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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For years I have been labouring under the impression that getting rich, or as the politically correct prosperity preachers prefer us to say, getting blessed, was the product of a combination of a lot of hard work, lashings of good luck and the occasional dash of unscrupulousness.
I'm sure our fans would prefer us to be playing at Langtree Park but it's not like our home form has been especially consistent.
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"Doing well in the cups is excellent for the team and for the fans, but I know most people around Middlesbrough would prefer us to go up this year.
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They certainly don't prefer us to the Spanish costas for our weather.
They would obviously prefer us to fight over a rare cab, a situation I once witnessed in London with two commuters hitting each other with umbrellas outside the Ritz of all places.
I would prefer us to give Kadar a start than bring back Williamson too early for this clash.