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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!
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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!
put dibs on (something)
slang To claim the right to do or choose something first before others. A possessive pronoun can be used between "put" and "dibs." I put dibs on sitting in the front seat of the car! Sally put her dibs on this one, so you'll have to pick a different one.
dibs on something
a claim on something. I've got dibs on the yellow one! Dibs on the front seat!
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.
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.
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]
first dibs on somethingor
dibs on somethingINFORMAL
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.
dibs on something
phr. a claim on something. Dibs on the front seat!