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first refusal

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.
See also: first, refusal

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.
See also: first, give, of, refusal, right
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(give somebody, have, etc.) (the) first reˈfusal

the opportunity to buy something before it is offered for sale to others: She promised to give me first refusal if she ever decides to sell the flat.
See also: first, refusal
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Hamzeh Karimi (11.09.83), Wardroper House, Greenford Road, Newcastle - Fare Refusal. Fine PS400, Costs PS200, Victim surcharge PS40.
Nationwide, refusal rates ranged from 2.4 percent to 81 percent, with an average refusal rate of 22.4 percent, according to a 2008 report to Congress by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The EU court replied that member state authorities may not refuse to issue a Schengen visa to an applicant unless one of the grounds for refusal listed in the visa code can be applied to that applicant (forged travel documents, no purpose of stay, no proof of sufficient means of subsistence, person for whom an alert has been issued in the Schengen Information System, etc).
It can stop gas supplies flowing in one or the other direction, but, judging by the documents, Ukraine's refusal to buy gas supplies should not result in a supply disruption for other consumers located to the west or northwest of its territory," Gogov explained, as cited by
Against this backdrop, the study of rating speech acts such as refusal is salient on two grounds.
An appeal against Redcar and Cleveland Council's refusal of planning permission for a hot food takeaway at a shop at 149A High Street, Redcar, was dismissed.
Before and during trial, the defendant moved to bar any reference to his refusal to participate in treatment, arguing that information concerning his refusal would violate his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.
"Such refusal also exposes the country to more assassinations targeting its officials and facilitates the work of Lebanese traitors serving Israel," said the Future.
They said that Noam Gur and Alon Gurman will arrive on Monday to the Israeli enlistment office in Tel Hashomer military base, where they will declare their refusal to serve in the Israeli Army and will be imprisoned time and time again for this refusal.
Liverpool and Manchester United have escaped disciplinary action over the scenes at Old Trafford following Luis Suarez's refusal to shake Patrice Evra's hand.
His refusal to carry on sparked a furious touchline row with his manager - future England boss Sven Goran Eriksson - who eventually got him back on the pitch.
However, the way one makes a refusal can be offensive if the person whose request, offer, invitation or suggestion has been declined does not know about how a refusal is made in the culture of the one who makes it.
Planning case officer David Wells told to draw up legally watertight reason for refusal, has concluded it can't be done.
One of the more recent tactics involves significantly expanding the concept of refusal clauses (also known as exemption clauses or conscience clauses) beyond protecting the religious and moral beliefs of healthcare providers.