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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.
See also: first, give, of, refusal, right

(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