would rather

idiom

Definition of would rather 

used to indicate what one wants or prefers to do, have, etc. She would rather drive than take the train.I would rather you didn't tell them."If you'd rather, we can go outside." "No, thanks—I'd rather not."Which beach would you rather go to?

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