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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WOULD SOONER

I would sooner you had killed me than burdened my soul with your death.

Oh, Austin, there's no living woman whom I would sooner call my daughter.

She would sooner have expected Heaven to put off the weather.

Joseph replied he would sooner die than have any such thought.

I would sooner they took this butcher-work into their own hands.

"I would sooner we had nothing whatever to do with any of them," he said.

He would sooner be thirteen than fourteen; the portions would be larger, that was all.

We would sooner have built a city behind the farm, in our enclosure.

My wit is not the keenest, else I would sooner have caught it.

I would sooner have broken my heart and died than have asked a man to say that he loved me.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sona "at once, immediately, directly, forthwith," from West Germanic *sæno (cf. Old Frisian son, Old Saxon sana, Old High German san, Gothic suns "soon"). Sense softened early Middle English to "within a short time" (cf. anon). American English. Sooner for "Oklahoma native" is 1930 (earlier "one who acts prematurely," 1889), from the 1889 opening to whites of what was then part of Indian Territory, when many would-be settlers sneaked onto public land and staked their claims "sooner" than the legal date and time.

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