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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

prefer charges against (one)

To file an official legal charge against one; to accuse one of some crime. Used in formal legal language. The woman was given the chance to prefer charges against the man, but she declined. The state will be preferring charges against the company for treason.
See also: charge, prefer

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!
See also: prefer, something

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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This further increases the net yield of preferred shares at 6.2 percent to 6.4 percent compared to bonds at 4.4 percent to 5.7 percent.
In examining the face-to-face course responses, student preferences compared to their actual perceptions, data indicated that on the scales of Personal Relevance (Preferred m=4.22, Actual m=4.03) and Authentic Learning (Preferred m=4.25, Actual m=4.24), students responded with a higher preference than actual occurrence, but to a very limited degree.
Unlike bonds, preferred stocks have no specified maturity date.
Preferred Freezer is the seventh-largest Public Refrigerated Warehouse company in the nation.
Continually look for ways to articulate why your department or medical organization should be the provider's preferred referral source.
The Term Preferred Share (TPS) rules impose significant restrictions on the design of Canadian equity instruments and reduce the depth and vibrancy of Canada's capital markets.
Antonatos: Perpetual preferred shares are equity shares issued by public companies including REITs that can be traded like common shares, but that have a set coupon rate like a bond.
For one, preferred stockholders don't enjoy the voting rights that common shareholders do.
is accomplished by subtracting the value of Smith Sr.'s retained preferred interest from the total business value.
The complex preferred stock market is difficult to gauge--which provides calculating investors with outstanding returns.
The many research studies that have 'proved' that supervisors are employees' most preferred source of information on all business topics are wrong.
Mandatorily redeemable preferred stock, employee stock options, and convertible bonds may not seem to have much in common.
The company also declared a quarterly dividend on the outstanding shares of its 6.00 percent Fixed Rate Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B (the "Series B Preferred Stock").
The expected issue of senior non-preferred debt, in combination with BIL's qualifying junior debt, could result in a level of protection for senior preferred notes, warranting a long-term rating one notch higher than the bank's Long-Term IDR and senior non-preferred debt ratings.