have precedence

See: antecede
References in classic literature ?
It was, as may well be imagined, no easy matter among so many noted cavaliers to choose out five on either side who should have precedence over their fellows.
With your pardon, sir," replied Doctor Clarke, a physician, and a famous champion of the popular party, "whatever the heralds may pretend, a dead beggar must have precedence of a living queen.
They were bound for London; they must have precedence of all traffic not similarly destined.