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1‘we can only hope that common sense will prevail’
win, win out, win through, triumph, be victorious, be the victor, gain the victory, carry the day, carry all before one, finish first, come out ahead, come out on top, succeed, prove superior, conquer, overcome, achieve mastery, gain mastery, gain ascendancy
take the crown, gain the palm, rule, reign
2‘the excellent conditions that prevailed in the 1950s’
exist, be in existence, be present, be the case, hold, obtain, occur, be prevalent, be current, be rife, be rampant, be the order of the day, be customary, be established, be common, be widespread, be in force, be in effect
abound, hold sway, predominate, preponderate
endure, survive, persist
‘Jane had prevailed on Dorothy to come’
persuade, induce, talk someone into, coax, convince, make, get, press someone into, win someone over, sway, bring someone round, argue someone into, urge, pressure someone into, pressurize someone into, bring pressure to bear on, coerce, influence, prompt
inveigle, entice, tempt, lure
cajole, wheedle someone into, get round, prod someone into, reason someone into
sweet-talk, soft-soap, twist someone's arm, smooth-talk
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