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English citations of preference and Preference
sense: card game
- c. 1851, Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford, chapter 8:
- The friendship begun over bread and butter extended on to cards. Lady Glenmire played Preference to admiration, and was a complete authority as to Ombre and Quadrille.
- 1895?, Constance Garnett, translation of, 1852, Ivan Turgenev, "The District Doctor", 2010 Project Gutenberg edition:
- " […] Well, shall it be preference?"
- We sat down to preference for halfpenny points.
- 1903?, Isabel F. Hapgood?, translation of, 1852, Ivan Turgenieff, "The District Doctor" :
- " […] But how about that game of preference?"
- We sat down to play preference, for kopék stakes.
- 1916, Constance Garnett, translation of, 1872, Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Possessed, 2005 Project Gutenberg edition, part 1, chapter 5 ("The Subtle Serpent"), section 6:
- He used to spend his time chiefly in playing preference with a greasy old pack of cards for stakes of a quarter-farthing with clerks.
2003, Harrison E. Salisbury, The 900 days: the siege of Leningrad, page 251:
- Even the men in the compartment where an endless game of preference was in progress played with stealthy quietness. The Lieutenant General, whistling under his breath, named his suit.