take precedence over (someone or something)

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take precedence over (someone or something)

To take priority over someone or something else. I'm afraid their project takes precedence over yours, as the company's survival depends on its success. Applicants with spouses or civil partners serving in the military will take precedence over all others.
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Speaking in Geneva to the issue of economic and social rights (and subsequently finding himself unable to meet the sudden demand for his related press release), Dilloway exercised a positive effect on decisions affecting global development policies--in particular, the decision that debt payments of developing nations shouldn't take precedence over basic rights of citizens to food, shelter, clothing, employment, health services, or a healthy environment.
Religiously controlled sex education is also vigorously supported by many UNESCO NGOs, as well as "the non-universality of human rights"--the idea that the specific cultural practices of various societies should take precedence over human rights, particularly the rights of women.