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[druhth -erz] /ˈdrʌð ərz/
noun, Informal.
one's own way, choice, or preference:
If I had my druthers, I'd dance all night.
1870-75; plural of druther, (I, you, etc.) 'd rather (contraction of would rather) Unabridged
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  • Of course, my druthers are to be sitting where you are instead.
  • It is not surprising that neither party got its druthers.
Word Origin and History for druthers

1895, from jocular formation based on I'd ruther, American English dialectal form of I'd rather (used by Bret Harte as drathers, 1875).

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Slang definitions & phrases for druthers



Wishes; desires; preferred alternatives: We know your druthers, The Marketplace

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have one's druthers

[1895+; fr a dialect pronunciation of rather or had rather; used by Bret Harte in the form drathers in 1875]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with druthers


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