first dibs on


first dibs on
(first) dibs on (something) to have the right to do or get hold of something.

I had first dibs on dessert and took the pie.

Usage notes: usually used with the verb get or as an interjection:

Dibs on the ice cream!


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • first dibs on something — (first) dibs on (something) to have the right to do or get hold of something. I had first dibs on dessert and took the pie. Usage notes: usually used with the verb get or as an interjection: Dibs on the ice cream! …   New idioms dictionary

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  • dibs on something — (first) dibs on (something) to have the right to do or get hold of something. I had first dibs on dessert and took the pie. Usage notes: usually used with the verb get or as an interjection: Dibs on the ice cream! …   New idioms dictionary

  • dibs on — (first) dibs on (something) to have the right to do or get hold of something. I had first dibs on dessert and took the pie. Usage notes: usually used with the verb get or as an interjection: Dibs on the ice cream! …   New idioms dictionary

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