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(first) dibs on (something)

slang The rights to something, or the rights to have first choice of something. "Dibs" are usually claimed verbally. I call dibs on the front seat! Hey, I had dibs on being first in line!
See also: dibs, on

have dibs on (something)

To have the rights to something, or the rights to have first choice of something. "Dibs" are usually claimed verbally. Hey, I had dibs on being first in line!
See also: dibs, have, on

dibs on something

a claim on something. I've got dibs on the yellow one! Dibs on the front seat!
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have dibs on something

to reserve something for oneself; to claim something for oneself. (Often said by children.) I have dibs on the last piece of cake. John has dibs on the last piece again. It isn't fair.
See also: dibs, have, on

put one's dibs on something

to lay a claim to something; to announce one's claim to something. She put her dibs on the last piece of cake. I put my dibs on the seat by the window.
See also: dibs, on, put

have dibs on

Have a first claim on something, as in If you don't want it, I have dibs on the next available apartment. This term was originally schoolyard slang. [c. 1930]
See also: dibs, have, on

first dibs on something

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dibs on something

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If you have first dibs on something or dibs on something, you have claimed the right to have it or use it before anyone else. The main reason my best friend Sue and I wanted to join was so that we could have first dibs on an endless supply of mouthwatering cakes. Ralph's brother now has dibs on the job of horse trainer. Note: This expression comes from an old children's game in which the pieces were called dib stones.
See also: dibs, first, on, something

dibs on something

phr. a claim on something. Dibs on the front seat!
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