have first crack at

have (the) first crack at something

also get (the) first crack at something
to have the first chance to try to do something If you want to sell your share of the business, our company would have first crack at buying it.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the forms get a crack at something or have a crack at something (have a chance to do something): He was lucky to get a crack at managing the firm.
See also: crack, first, have