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prefer charges

To make a formal complaint of wrongdoing or mistreatment against another person. A: "Is it true that Greg preferred charges against you?" B: "Yes, but his claim is completely false! I've never done anything to him!" I really hope our neighbors don't prefer charges against us—I never would have cut down that tree if I had known it was on their property!
See also: charge, prefer

had (just) as soon do something

 and would (just) as soon do something
prefer to do something else; to be content to do something. (The would or had is usually expressed as the contraction 'd.) They want me to go into town. I'd as soon stay home. If you're cooking stew tonight, we'd as soon eat somewhere else. I would just as soon stay home as pay to go to see a bad movie.
See also: soon

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

prefer something against someone

to file legal charges against someone [with the police]; to file a complaint or a charge against someone. The neighbors preferred charges against the driver of the car who ruined their lawns. I will not prefer charges against the driver, since it was partly my fault.
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68), students' preferred perceptions of the learning environment were lower than the actual occurrence, albeit to a limited degree.
Where a company is unable to borrow additional funds or issue new debt securities--whether because of concerns over the effect on credit ratings, debt covenant restrictions, or regulatory requirements--and does not wish to dilute earnings per share by issuing additional common shares, a preferred share issuance is the only viable course.
Applying these same factors to the preferred securities, the Service determined that, had the corporation issued the preferred securities directly, they would have been debt for Federal income tax purposes.
All in all, that makes preferred securities a solid bet for individuals seeking a steady income stream and better-than-average dividends.
The convertible preferred leveraged ESOP apparently is becoming the predominant form of new ESOPs.
The Preferred HITS have no stated maturity, but must be redeemed when the noncumulative perpetual preferred stock is redeemed, or if a special regulatory, tax or other similar event occurs.
Under section 351(g)(2)(A), "preferred stock," which is defined under section 351(g)(3) as "stock which is limited and preferred as to dividends and does not participate in corporate growth to any significant extent," is treated as NQPS if any of the following criteria is satisfied:
RCCC's liquidity is limited given its cash position, the minimal availability on its credit facility and the inability to pay its preferred dividend obligation.
75 percent Convertible Subordinated Debentures Due 2001 into bank common stock and rights, an offering of $125 million of additional convertible preferred stock of the bank, and a $250 million to $300 million rights offering of common stock of the bank.
25% Redeemable Cumulative Convertible Perpetual Preferred stock, Series C (the "Series C Preferred Stock"), payable February 15, 2007, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 5, 2007.
Proceeds from the issuance of the issuer preferred securities will be deposited into a trust account and will be available to satisfy obligations of the issuer to the ceding insurers under the reinsurance agreement.
Fairchild) has commenced an exchange offer for Fairchild's outstanding Series A convertible preferred stock.
25 Convertible Exchangeable Class C Preferred Stock, Series 2 (the "Series 2 Preferred") that Jayhawk will either exchange or tender 180,450 shares of the Series 2 Preferred owned by Jayhawk for 1,335,330 shares of LSB common stock, based on 7.
20% Tax Advantaged Series B Cumulative Preferred Stock (the "Preferred Shares").
Glenborough Realty Trust Incorporated ("Glenborough") (NYSE:GLB) called for the redemption of its 73/4% Series A Convertible Preferred Stock (CUSIP #37803P204) (the "Preferred Stock") by the mailing of a Notice of Redemption on October 27, 2006 to the holders of record of the Preferred Stock.