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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'Priority in such cases must be given to the right type of preparation for any upcoming Pakistan tours as service to our country takes precedence over all other considerations.'
Indeed, such is their determination to stick with the philosophy that has reaped huge rewards recently, Morgan believes it currently takes precedence over results - for the time being.
Tradition is fine, usually even admirable, except when it takes precedence over common sense or any sense at all.
He rightly notes that liberals espouse value pluralism, meaning thereby that there is not some one way of life or package of goods that always and everywhere takes precedence over all others.
Again, atmosphere - enriched by Satie's eccentricities - takes precedence over information.
Since the European Union embodies all elements of the Maastricht Treaty, EU takes precedence over EC.
Categories (b) through (d) of the proposed hierarchy descend in authority: Category (b) takes precedence over categories (c) and (d), and category (c) takes precedence over category (d).