would rather

would rather

Would prefer (to do something); would be more inclined or willing (to do something). I would rather go see a movie, to be honest, but we can go dancing if you like. She said she would rather not talk to you right now.
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would rather

would more willingly; would more readily. I would rather have an apple than a pear. I don't like pears. I'd rather live in the north than the south, because I like snow.
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would rather

Prefer to, as in We would rather eat dinner before the movie. [Mid-1500s]
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would rather... (than)

would prefer to: She’d rather die than give a speech.‘Do you want to come with us?’ ‘No, I’d rather not.’Would you rather walk or go by car?‘Do you mind if I smoke?’ ‘I’d rather you didn’t.’
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He likes Nettie Blewett pretty well, too, and mother would rather he married her than any one.
But while I am alive and have desires I would rather my hand were withered off than bring one brick to such a building
But I presume you would rather be heard in private.
For those physician executives who fear giving up control--who would rather tell people the answer than ask them for their suggestions--a word of caution: Whoever asks the questions, controls the interaction.
Mumbo Jumbo itself can, in fact, be regarded as Reed's contribution to this "future Text" and a product of Jes Grew: "the manic in the artist who would rather do glossolalia than be 'neat clean and lucid'" (211).
He does not actually demand that marriage be abolished, because, being a pragmatist, he would rather undermine it by extending all its benefits to unmarried partners--in fact, to everybody.
Surveys have consistently found that most people would rather continue to live at home rather than in a nursing home.
Get Out of Town - Nearly half of Americans would most like to spend a weekend away in an exciting city; 18% would rather be at a spa; 24% prefer a quiet bed-and-breakfast; and 7% would like to be on a dude ranch.
CBS would Rather he stay: In an unexpected move, CBS quietly has given ``CBS Evening News'' anchor Dan Rather a contract that will keep him at the network at least until 2004, according to sources familiar with the deal.
We know Billy's parents don't love him because his father (Ben Gazzara) killed his puppy and his mother would rather watch a football game than talk to him, but, again, it doesn't really matter.
Young people would rather give up food for a day than give up music for a day according to a groundbreaking new survey of Music Trendsetters from MTV and Youth Intelligence.
64% of young people surveyed said that they would rather give up food for a day than give up music.
It makes me think of the point in the Odyssey when Achilles met Odysseus in the underworld and said, "I would rather be a slave among the living than the king of spirits in the underworld.
The Enesco Attitudes and Trends in Collecting Report released in honor of October -- National Collector's Month -- surveyed the attitudes of 1,245 Americans who collect nationwide and reveals that more than two-thirds of survey participants would rather spend time on their collection than see a baseball game.
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