have/take precedence over

idiom

Definition of have/take precedence over

somewhat formal
: to be more important (than something else) When it comes to making health care decisions, the patient's preference should take precedence. often + overThe safety of the children has/takes precedence over everything else.

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“Have/take precedence over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/have%2Ftake%20precedence%20over. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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