(US, informal, often jocular) Wishes, preferences, or ways.
* 1929 , Harry McClintock,
- If I had my druthers I’d eat in a restaurant every night of the week.
"If I Had My Druthers"
* 1950 , Alice Walworth Graham, The Natchez woman :
- "If I had my druthers', I would not be a king. I'd ' druther be just what I am than any other thing."
* 1957 , Society of Arts and Crafts, Theatre Arts , Volume 41?, page 29:
- "If you had your druthers'—" Old Lew was always saying, "If I had my ' druthers , gimme one of them there Shevrolics."
* 1977 , Carole Mayhall, From the Heart of a Woman :
- "If I had my druthers ," he informs us, "I'druther be myself — not because I'm anythin' special, just because it's convenient."
- If I'd had my "druthers'," our engagement would not have been two and one half years long. But schooling made our ' druthers invalid.
* The singular form "druther" is used with the same meaning, but much more rarely.
* The noun "druthers" is sometimes used in conjunction with the verb "druther" for increased comic effect.
*: If I've got my druthers''', I'd '''druther not.
*: or, alternatively,
*: If I've got my druthers''', I '''druther not.
: This double formation was popularized by the American cartoonist (1956).
Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity; predisposition.
* 1987 , Edwin M. Yoder Jr., "Lewis Powell a Fine Sense of Balance," Washington Post , 29 Jun.,
* 2000 , Terry McCarthy, "Lost Generation," Time Asia , 23 Oct.,
- But for him the first rule of judging was to set aside personal predilection and vote the law and the facts.
* 2001 , Marina Cantacuzino, "On deadly ground," The Guardian , 13 Mar.,
- ... youth’s predilection for revolt.
- Wilson doesn’t see any inconsistency between his socialism and his predilection for the high life.