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  • The back of the hall was a solid press of people, and scuffles broke out over precedence.†   (source)
  • They tumble forth, competing for precedence and sometimes coming out so tangled I have to back up and pick up a different thread.†   (source)
  • The science of government was his duty; the art of negotiation must take precedence.†   (source)
  • He doubles over, and though I'm dying to accept the invitation to knee him in the face, his buddies take precedence.†   (source)
  • The weight of her pack was beginning to take precedence over the novelty of the scenery.†   (source)
  • His mission took precedence over any survivors, regardless of how inhumane that felt.†   (source)
  • I was rather hoping to have the pleasure of driving out to Smadalarö myself, but the events surrounding last night's killing took precedence.†   (source)
  • This was language that Rearden could understand, "I wish I could help you out," he said, "but this is the worst possible time for me, because of a very large, very special order that has to take precedence over everything."†   (source)
  • Guess who takes precedence?†   (source)
  • He was returned to us, since military law and jurisdiction take precedence over civil code.†   (source)
  • Coming from an authoritarian monarchy, the minister had a difficult time understanding how the legal maneuvering of a small group of political radicals and an impending hearing by some provincial tribunal could take precedence over the will of the country's chief executive.†   (source)
  • When will a concern for the safety of our citizens take precedence over a concern for the business of the Port Authority's Newark Airport?†   (source)
  • A major was giving a lecture on military precedence: Howard could not be relieved except by written order or by Meade in person.†   (source)
  • When laws conflict with the Constitution, the Constitution takes precedence over the laws.†   (source)
  • It is one of those cities where childhood is a pleasure and memory a flow of honey; one of those cities that never lets go, that insinuates its precedence by the insistent delicacy of its beauty.†   (source)
  • However, a sick mother took precedence even over my scientific needs — though I am still at a loss to understand how Mike knew his mother was ill.†   (source)
  • It is hard to understand how he could have been blind to the fact that the great death-happening wrought upon the European Jews by the Nazis would descend like a smothering fog around his compatriots—a people loathed with such ferocity that only the precedence of an even more urgent loathing accorded the Jews was a rampart against their own eventual obliteration.†   (source)
  • Sorrow, which is to say violated memory, a crack in the armor of our individuality, takes precedence for us.†   (source)
  • And still the young man waited, as if the strange joy of the little man took precedence with him over whatever need he had for the key.†   (source)
  • One could say that he practically controlled the handling of the case, even taking precedence over the Sergeant himself.†   (source)
  • Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.   (source)
  • But pikkuah nefesh takes precedence over that.†   (source)
  • And your wedding takes precedence over my books?†   (source)
  • The idea of "group rights" was that no racial or ethnic group could take precedence over any other.†   (source)
  • But cannibals take precedence, and we keep our conversation to a whispered minimum.†   (source)
  • A motion to adjourn is always in order, it takes precedence, and it cannot be debated.†   (source)
  • He was committed to represent another client in a federal case, and the federal calendar always took precedence over state-level cases.†   (source)
  • But later that night, as Balerion plunged onward through the dark and Dany sat crosslegged on her bunk in the captain's cabin, feeding her dragons—"Even upon the sea," Groleo had said, so graciously, "queens take precedence over captains"—a sharp knock came upon the door.†   (source)
  • It always has been, and if there is a conflict among my loyalties, that is what shall take precedence.†   (source)
  • Theon's claim took precedence over those of his father's three brothers, but the woman had touched on a sore point nonetheless.†   (source)
  • Every one was wealthy, every one was arrogant, and every one was a captain and commander, answerable to no one but Yurkhaz zo Yunzak, disdainful of mere sellswords, and prone to squabbles over precedence that were as endless as they were incomprehensible.†   (source)
  • If there was a little savor of patronage in the generous hospitality she exercised among her simple neighbors, it was never regarded as more than a natural emphasis of her undoubted claims to precedence.†   (source)
  • She was speaking with a swift, bright certainty, conscious of nothing but the joy of performing her natural function in her natural world where nothing could take precedence over the act of offering a solution to a problem.†   (source)
  • Saphira and I have to raise the dragons and train the Riders, and that must take precedence before all else.†   (source)
  • Rationality is the recognition of the fact that existence exists, that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it, which is thinking-that the mind is one's only judge of values and one's only guide of action-that reason is an absolute that permits no compromise-that a concession to the irrational invalidates one's consciousness and turns it from the task of perceiving to the task of faking reality-that the alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind-that the acceptance of a mystical invention is a wish for the annihilation of existence and, properly, annihilates one's consciousness.†   (source)
  • Apparently, the need to get out of a coffinlike machine takes precedence over the issue of being seen coming out of an elevator.†   (source)
  • Miss Eckhart stirred here and there, utterly carried away by matters that at other times interested her least-dresses and sashes, prominence and precedence, smiles and bows.†   (source)
  • This was at a time when the Nazis felt that the prestige which the avant-garde enjoyed among the cultivated German public could be of advantage to them, and practical considerations of this nature, the Nazis being skillful politicians, have always taken precedence over Hitler's personal inclinations.†   (source)
  • Since the other boy always did bring it up when a question of precedence arose, he had got into the habit of giving in at once before it could be mentioned.†   (source)
  • The natives," we are told, are particularly interested in the Christian communion rite, and having heard about it from missionaries they compare it to the blood-drinking rituals of their own.57 In the evening the men come and take their places according to tribal precedence, the boy lying with his head on his father's thighs.†   (source)
  • Plender and Wilcox became joint grooms of the chambers, like "Blues" and Life Guards with equal precedence, Plender having as his particular province his Lordship's own apartments and Wilcox a sphere of influence in the public rooms; the senior footman was given a black coat and promoted butler, the nondescript Swiss, on arrival, was to have plain clothes and full valet's status; there was a general increase in wages to meet the new dignities, and all were content.†   (source)
  • Left alone all night, he was vicious in the morning, and Thea was by now so wrapped up in his career that for the time very few considerations took precedence.†   (source)
  • After a little politeness in the matter of precedence—" Apres vous, Monsieur"—" Mais non, apres vous"—they left the compartment.†   (source)
  • I do not believe that even the Table of Precedency which you will find in Whitaker's ALMANAC represents a final order of values, or that there is any sound reason to suppose that a Commander of the Bath will ultimately walk in to dinner behind a Master in Lunacy.†   (source)
  • The details of precedence were never officially determined.†   (source)
  • I wouldn't keep you waiting; good heavens, you take precedence of any Indian visitor, of course.†   (source)
  • They were examined in the previous order of precedence.†   (source)
  • On the plate which, in size and situation, took precedence of all the rest, I read, MR. TURVEYDROP.†   (source)
  • In all their dealings and intercourse, Sir Walter Elliot must ever have the precedence.†   (source)
  • How pleased Mrs. Bute would have been: and ma tante if I had taken precedence of her!†   (source)
  • It was of course amongst these that the most frequent disputes for precedence occurred.†   (source)
  • Aziz had borrowed servants from his friends, as well as bringing his own three, and quarrels over precedence were resulting.†   (source)
  • The three had been waiting before the cousins' arrival and presumably had precedence on the appointment list.†   (source)
  • Precedence was given to the first and elder wife—Mother Mary; Mother Ruth's life was not without pain.†   (source)
  • Having an hour to wait, they at first lingered at a respectful distance; but others coming up, they moved closer in order to protect their right of precedence.†   (source)
  • It is in active civil life that men get his broad air of importance, his dignified expectation of deference, his determinate mouth disarmed and refined since the hour of his success by the withdrawal of opposition and the concession of comfort and precedence and power.†   (source)
  • When annoyed at meal-times by the constant quarrels of the white men about precedence, he ordered an immense round table to be made, for which a special house had to be built.†   (source)
  • She had given him precedence over the few other young men of the village, a fact she resentfully believed he did not appreciate.†   (source)
  • Ruby Gillis and Emma White, who had quarreled over a point of precedence in their platform seats, no longer sat at the same desk, and a promising friendship of three years was broken up.†   (source)
  • He was told to please be patient for a few days—since, man alive, the director was busy; Christian principles demanded that operations, checkups, and suffering humankind take precedence.†   (source)
  • Evidently the part was not intended to take precedence, as Miss Madenda is not often on the stage, but the audience, with the characteristic perversity of such bodies, selected for itself.†   (source)
  • Such men would not hesitate to invert the natural order of the conscience in order to give those virtues precedence before all others.†   (source)
  • At Mr. Jacob's academy life had not presented itself to him as a difficult problem; there were plenty of fellows to play with, and Tom being good at all active games,—fighting especially,—had that precedence among them which appeared to him inseparable from the personality of Tom Tulliver.†   (source)
  • Seeing himself placed next the Priest, and noting the ceremony, and thinking himself—being Captain of a ship—as having plain precedence over a mere island King, especially in the King's own house—the Captain coolly proceeds to wash his hands in the punchbowl;—taking it I suppose for a huge finger-glass.†   (source)
  • Accustomed to ease, and unequal to the struggles incident to an infant society, the affluent emigrant was barely enabled to maintain his own rank by the weight of his personal superiority and acquirements; but, the moment that his head was laid in the grave, his indolent and comparatively uneducated offspring were compelled to yield precedency to the more active energies of a class whose exertions had been stimulated by necessity.†   (source)
  • In this way she was busy for several days in driving about the whole town, because some people had taken offence through precedence having been given to others.†   (source)
  • The Oratory of France claimed the precedence, since Philip de Neri was only a saint, while Berulle was a cardinal.†   (source)
  • Many important observations suggest themselves upon the social condition of the Anglo-Americans, but there is one which takes precedence of all the rest.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Cadwallader was strong on the intended creation of peers: she had it for certain from her cousin that Truberry had gone over to the other side entirely at the instigation of his wife, who had scented peerages in the air from the very first introduction of the Reform question, and would sign her soul away to take precedence of her younger sister, who had married a baronet.†   (source)
  • Sarah Pocket and Georgiana contended who should remain last; but Sarah was too knowing to be outdone, and ambled round Georgiana with that artful slipperiness that the latter was obliged to take precedence.†   (source)
  • Accordingly, when the Saturday night came, and we were all waiting in the warehouse to be paid, and Tipp the carman, who always took precedence, went in first to draw his money, I shook Mick Walker by the hand; asked him, when it came to his turn to be paid, to say to Mr. Quinion that I had gone to move my box to Tipp's; and, bidding a last good night to Mealy Potatoes, ran away.†   (source)
  • On the other hand, Mrs. Ladbrook was standing in skull-cap and front, with her turban in her hand, curtsying and smiling blandly and saying, "After you, ma'am," to another lady in similar circumstances, who had politely offered the precedence at the looking-glass.†   (source)
  • Owing to this arrangement, Adam, being, of course, at the bottom of the table, fell under the immediate observation of Mr. Casson, who, too much occupied with the question of precedence, had not hitherto noticed his entrance.†   (source)
  • She took the place of eldest of the three, in all things but precedence; was the head of the fallen family; and bore, in her own heart, its anxieties and shames.†   (source)
  • Celia confessed it was nicer to be "Lady" than "Mrs.," and that Dodo never minded about precedence if she could have her own way.†   (source)
  • Nobody doubts her right to have precedence of mamma, but it would be more becoming in her not to be always insisting on it.†   (source)
  • Now, to our mind, in history, where kindness is the rarest of pearls, the man who is kindly almost takes precedence of the man who is great.†   (source)
  • The archers, having previously determined by lot their order of precedence, were to shoot each three shafts in succession.†   (source)
  • There were no ladies on board; the Major gave the pas of precedency to the civilian, so that he was the first dignitary at table, and treated by Captain Bragg and the officers of the Ramchunder with the respect which his rank warranted.†   (source)
  • Neither would he ever consent, even at his brother's request, to be helped to any place before her, or to take precedence of her in anything.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Cadwallader held that it was a poor satisfaction to take precedence when everybody about you knew that you had not a drop of good blood in your veins; and Celia again, stopping to look at Arthur, said, "It would be very nice, though, if he were a Viscount—and his lordship's little tooth coming through!†   (source)
  • In addition, and beside all this, as it was no longer revolution and had become a monarchy, 1830 was obliged to take precedence of all Europe.†   (source)
  • Again, it was Mary's complaint, that Mrs Musgrove was very apt not to give her the precedence that was her due, when they dined at the Great House with other families; and she did not see any reason why she was to be considered so much at home as to lose her place.†   (source)
  • This is Cedric's clown, who fought so manful a skirmish with Isaac of York about a question of precedence.†   (source)
  • "Assuredly," said be, "my lords, the noble Cedric speaks truth; and his race may claim precedence over us as much in the length of their pedigrees as in the longitude of their cloaks."†   (source)
  • Charles Hayter had been at Lyme oftener than suited her; and when they dined with the Harvilles there had been only a maid-servant to wait, and at first Mrs Harville had always given Mrs Musgrove precedence; but then, she had received so very handsome an apology from her on finding out whose daughter she was, and there had been so much going on every day, there had been so many walks between their lodgings and the Harvilles, and she had got books from the library, and changed them so often, that the balance had certainly been much in favour of Lyme.†   (source)
  • —it is not fit for such as we to sit with the rulers of the land," said the Jew; whose ambition for precedence though it had led him to dispute Place with the extenuated and impoverished descendant of the line of Montdidier, by no means stimulated him to an intrusion upon the privileges of the wealthy Saxons.†   (source)
  • So let Akhilleus bow to me, considering that I hold higher rank and claim the precedence of age.†   (source)
  • Let there be one commander, one authority, holding his royal staff and precedence from Zeus, the son of crooked-minded Kronos: one to command the rest.†   (source)
  • Turning to Glaukos, Hippolokhos' son, he said: "What is the point of being honored so with precedence at table, choice of meat, and brimming cups, at home in Lykia, like gods at ease in everyone's regard?†   (source)
  • Sarpedon reminds his lieutenant Glaukos that it is their willingness to go into the forefront of battle that makes them honored at home, "with precedence at table, choice of meat, / and brimming cups ..../ like gods at ease in everyone's regard.†   (source)
  • Even here a superior title [Pg118] always takes precedence.†   (source)
  • That the language question should take precedence of the economic question.†   (source)
  • In what order of precedence, with what attendant ceremony was the exodus from the house of bondage to the wilderness of inhabitation effected?†   (source)
  • lord mayor of Dublin, his lordship the lord mayor of Cork, their worships the mayors of Limerick, Galway, Sligo and Waterford, twenty-eight Irish representative peers, sirdars, grandees and maharajahs bearing the cloth of estate, the Dublin Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the chapter of the saints of finance in their plutocratic order of precedence, the bishop of Down and Connor, His Eminence Michael cardinal Logue, archbishop of Armagh, primate of all Ireland, His Grace, the most reverend Dr William Alexander, archbishop of Armagh, primate of all Ireland, the chief rabbi, the presbyterian moderator, the heads of the baptist, anabaptist, methodist and Moravian chapels and the honorar†   (source)
  • lightly of the laws,
    Where the slave ceases, and the master of slaves ceases,
    Where the populace rise at once against the never-ending audacity of
    elected persons,
    Where fierce men and women pour forth as the sea to the whistle of
    death pours its sweeping and unript waves,
    Where outside authority enters always after the precedence of inside
    Where the citizen is always the head and ideal, and President,
    Mayor, Governor and what not, are agents for pay,
    Where children are taught to be laws to themselves, and to depend on
    Where equanimity is illustrated in affairs,
    Where speculations on the soul are encouraged,
    Where women walk in publi†   (source)
  • you surely come back at last,
    In things best known to you finding the best, or as good as the best,
    In folks nearest to you finding the sweetest, strongest, lovingest,
    Happiness, knowledge, not in another place but this place, not for
    another hour but this hour,
    Man in the first you see or touch, always in friend, brother,
    nighest neighbor—woman in mother, sister, wife,
    The popular tastes and employments taking precedence in poems or anywhere,
    You workwomen and workmen of these States having your own divine
    and strong life,
    And all else giving place to men and women like you.†   (source)
  • I do not like 'but yet', it does allay The good precedence; fie upon 'but yet'!†   (source)
  • So am I purposed; never by my will Shall miscreants take precedence of true men, But all good patriots, alive or dead, Shall be by me preferred and honored.†   (source)
  • The Knight of the White Moon replied that it was a question of precedence of beauty; and briefly told him what he had said to Don Quixote, and how the conditions of the defiance agreed upon on both sides had been accepted.†   (source)
  • I shall therefore describe one of them, and none is so proper as Amaurot; for as none is more eminent (all the rest yielding in precedence to this, because it is the seat of their supreme council), so there was none of them better known to me, I having lived five years all together in it.†   (source)
  • Desire of Office, or precedence, AMBITION: a name used also in the worse sense, for the reason before mentioned.†   (source)
  • A question it were now, whether of us three, Being all the known delicates of a rich man, In pleasing him, claim the precedency can?†   (source)
  • No, page: it is an epilogue or discourse to make plain Some obscure precedence that hath tofore been sain.†   (source)
  • In processe of time these offices of Honour, by occasion of trouble, and for reasons of good and peacable government, were turned into meer Titles; serving for the most part, to distinguish the precedence, place, and order of subjects in the Common-wealth: and men were made Dukes, Counts, Marquises, and Barons of Places, wherein they had neither possession, nor command: and other Titles also, were devised to the same end.†   (source)
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