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pref•er•ence(ˈprɛf ər əns, ˈprɛf rəns)
bag See INDIVIDUALITY.
[one’s] cup of tea Suited to one’s interests, talents, or taste; that which hits the spot, does the trick, or suits one’s fancy.
Broadway by night seemed to be my cup of tea entirely. (Noel Coward, Present Indicative, 1937)
A logical extension of this sense is the British cup of tea meaning ‘one’s fate or destiny.’ However, if something is neither suited to one’s interest, nor a matter of destiny, it may well be another or different cup of tea; in other words, something of an altogether different kind.
A Fred racked with ideals, and in the grip of Federal Union, was quite a different cup of tea from the old, happy-go-lucky Fred. (Nancy Mitford, Pigeon Pie, 1940)
a man of my kidney See SIMILARITY.
up one’s alley Suited to one’s natural capabilities or interests; one’s concern or business; where one feels at home; sometimes down one’s alley. In or up one’s street has the same meaning, although the exact origin of either expression is anybody’s guess. Both are cited as early as 1929.
Fun’s fun, but box-fighting’s your trick and anything else is out of your alley. (Witwer, Yes Man’s Land, 1929)
A great many of the books published today are, as the saying is, right up her street. (Publisher’s Weekly, December 21, 1929)
Up one’s alley is currently the more common American expression; up one’s street is more frequently heard in Britain.
|Noun||1.||preference - a strong liking; "my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney"|
liking - a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment; "I've always had a liking for reading"; "she developed a liking for gin"
acquired taste - a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience; "martinis are an acquired taste"
weakness - a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you; "he has a weakness for chocolate"
|2.||preference - a predisposition in favor of something; "a predilection for expensive cars"; "his sexual preferences"; "showed a Marxist orientation"|
predisposition - an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way
|3.||preference - the right or chance to choose; "given my druthers, I'd eat cake"|
alternative, option, choice - one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen; "what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse"
wish - the particular preference that you have; "it was his last wish"; "they should respect the wishes of the people"
|4.||preference - grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)|
he expressed a preference for red wine → mostró su preferencia por el vino tinto
she has a preference for older men → prefiere a or tiene preferencia por los hombres maduros
for preference → de preferencia
in preference to sth → antes que algo, más que algo
I have no preference → no tengo preferencia
a preference for sth → une préférence pour qch
to have a preference for sth → avoir une préférence pour qch
in preference to sth → de préférence à qch
prefer(priˈfəː) – past tense, past participle preˈferred – verb
preferable, adjective, is spelt with -r-.
preference, noun, is spelt with -r-.
preferred and preferring are spelt with -rr-.