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cooler heads prevail

Calm people, thoughts, or actions triumph in the end. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed in our fight against the school board, and we were able to reach a compromise.
See also: cooler, head, prevail

cooler heads will prevail

Calm people, thoughts, or actions will triumph in the end. Please, everyone, calm down! I think that cooler heads will prevail in this fight against the school board.
See also: cooler, head, prevail, will

prevail (up)on (one) to (do something)

To try to persuade, appeal to, or influence one to do something. We've prevailed upon members of congress to introduce legislation that will protect our citizens' jobs. I will prevail on him to speak at the assembly.
See also: prevail, to

prevail against (someone or something)

To overcome and succeed against someone or something. I believe as strongly today as I did when I was younger that love will always prevail against hate in the long run. No one expected our team to prevail against the defending champions, but we found it in ourselves to win.
See also: prevail
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cooler heads prevail

Fig. the ideas or influence of less emotional people prevail. (Used of a tense situation.) One hopes that cooler heads will prevail and soon everything will calm down.
See also: cooler, head, prevail

prevail against someone or something

to win out over someone or something; to dominate someone or something. You will not prevail against me! I am sure that our team will prevail against the challengers.
See also: prevail

prevail (up)on someone or something (to do something)

to appeal to someone or a group to do something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I will prevail upon her to attend the meeting. I prevailed on the committee to no avail.
See also: on, prevail
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

prevail on

Successfully persuade or influence, as in They prevailed on me to speak at their annual luncheon. This term uses prevail in the sense of "exert superior force." It replaced prevail with in the mid-1600s.
See also: on, prevail
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

prevail on

or prevail upon
To successfully persuade or induce someone to do something: We prevailed on the committee to stop the developers from building a shopping mall. Lobbyists prevailed upon the president to veto the legislation.
See also: on, prevail
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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In support of the argument that an official who elects to initially defend a suit prior to eventual settlement should obtain reimbursement for his or her defense fees, it is true that as a general rule in Florida, a party benefitting from the dismissal of a lawsuit, even as the result of a settlement, will be seen as having "prevailed." For instance, in Sacks v.
The trial court found that the officer had "prevailed" and therefore, was entitled to reimbursement of his attorney's fees pursuant to [F.S.
It cannot be disputed that, in general, a "determination on the merits is not a prerequisite to an award of attorney's fees where the statute provides that they will inure to the prevailing party." (13) There must be some end to the litigation on the merits so that the court can determine whether the party requesting fees has prevailed. (14)
3d DCA 1985), a police officer who was joined as a codefendant with his employer (the county) in a civil damages action arising out of his official duties, and who was privately represented, "prevailed" within the meaning of F.S.
Padow sought to recover his fees because the defendant had dismissed the case and, therefore, he had "prevailed."
If the landlord prevails entirely, then matters are clear.
In residential leases, a statute, RPL [section] 234, provides that if the landlord has a lease right to attorneys' fees, then the tenant automatically has a reciprocal right to recover such fees if it prevails. Accordingly, a court often must balance competing claims to attorneys' fees.
Accordingly, it appears that under REBNY form paragraph 19, a landlord will not be precluded from recovering legal fees merely because he does not prevail in all respects, if the tenant prevails only in relatively insignificant respects.
Looking then, cautiously, at the residential cases, the Courts appear (i) to focus on the individual causes of action, or individual defenses that are the subject of genuine contention, and then (ii) to award attorneys' fees based on which side prevailed on those particular contested issues.
The Supreme Court recently decided two important cases that may significantly lessen the impact of attorney's fees under 1988, even when the plaintiff prevails in the lawsuit.
3) Make certain that plaintiffs do not receive an attorney's fee award for separate unsuccessful 1983 claims, even when the plaintiff prevails on another claim, and
City of Chicago,(20) the plaintiff prevailed in his lawsuit alleging that he was unconstitutionally detained for over 48 hours without a judicial probable cause hearing, but the jury awarded him only nominal damages.
After the prisoners prevailed, the district court awarded over $6 million in 1988 attorney's fees.
"The rent-stabilized tenancies will prevail based on this decision.
Consumer protection, unfair business practices, and many intellectual property statutes also often specify that injured parties, should they prevail, are entitled to recover their attorneys' fees should they prevail.