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Preferment, 1) preference given, precedence granted: “nor is your firm resolve unknown to me, in the p. of the eldest sister,” Shr. II, 94.
2) advancement, promotion: “these do labour for their own p.” H6B I, 1, 181. “help you to many fair --s,” R3 I, 3, 95. H8 V, 1, 36. Oth. I, 1, 36. Synonymous to good fortune: “to seek p. out,” Gent. I, 3, 7. “if it be p. to leave a rich Jew's service, to become the follower of so poor a gentleman,” Merch. II, 2, 155. “had I not the dash of my former life in me, would p. drop on my head,” Wint. V, 2, 123. Lr. IV, 5, 38. Cymb. I, 5, 71. III, 5, 116. III, 5, 116 V, 4, 215.
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