by choice

Idioms & Phrases

by choice

Deliberately, as a matter of preference. For example, No one told me to come; I'm here by choice. This expression replaced the earlier with choice, used from about 1500.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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by choice

adverb
with intention; in an intentional manner; "he used that word intentionally"; "I did this by choice" [syn: intentionally] [ant: accidentally
WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.
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