have dibs on (something)

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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!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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