The rest of the afternoon's proceedings, taken up as they were with the preliminaries of the case, bored him.
The preliminaries of the negotiation were adjusted at this interview.
In September Bedford was sent to Paris to settle the preliminaries.
These preliminaries over, Dimples sets herself to pay for her seat.
But there had been some preliminaries attending his departure.
The preliminaries were transacted, and the retreat commenced.
We are still busy with the statutes, with the preliminaries.
preliminaries were smoothed; he had left the widow wearing his ring.
The count, who was in haste to witness the coronation of his flame, was already arranging the preliminaries of his marriage.
These preliminaries being arranged, a show of hands was called for.
1660s, from French préliminaire and directly from Medieval Latin praeliminaris, from Latin prae- "before" (see pre-) + limen (genitive liminis) "threshold" (see limit (n.)). A word that arose in reference to negotiations to end the Thirty Years' War. Earliest attested form in English is preliminaries (n.), 1650s.