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have dibs on (something)
slang 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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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.
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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]
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