give (one) (the right of/to) first refusal

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give (one) (the right of/to) first refusal

To give one the first chance to obtain something. I gave them first refusal on my script, but they weren't interested, so I took it to another studio.
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I'd like to see a rule that makes it compulsory for owners in League One and League Two - who want to sell - to give first refusal to the club's supporters.
CONSIDER whether a clause should be incorporated into the contract to give first refusal to the person taking the horse on loan if the horse is made available for sale.
And yesterday, their demands were answered as the club announced that Green would be stepping down and will give first refusal on his 7.7 per cent stake in the club to McGill's buses owner Sandy Easdale.
"When Fifa said they would look positively and constructively at the ticket situation, the only way was to give first refusal to the FA.
The investment bank is obliged to give first refusal to its fellow C5 shareholders -- Pearson, United News & Media and CLT.
They have tried unsatisfactory arrangements with jockeys who couldn't give first refusal with 100-horse yards behind them."
John Gallacher, of Castle Leisure, who also faced disappointed fans at his two nightclubs last night, said: "We'll give full refunds to everybody who got tickets and give first refusal to ticket-holders for the next gig."