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Definition of dibs

1 slang : money especially in small amounts
2 : claim, rights I have dibs on that piece of cake

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Recent Examples on the Web But in the meantime, investors have what amounts to second-dibs on the ships, and the vessels aren’t pledged to any other piece of debt. Paula Seligson, Bloomberg.com, "Behind Royal Caribbean’s Lifeline, a Shrewd Bond Market Maneuver," 18 May 2020 The French Open audaciously called dibs on late September, moving its event just a week after the U.S. Open concludes. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus shutdown can alter legacy of legends – from LeBron James to Serena Williams," 19 Mar. 2020 Season-ticket holders will get first dibs, but waitlist members will be given access to a priority presale to purchase single-game playoff tickets, with dates of the presale to be announced later via email. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks announce opening of waiting list for fans seeking playoff tickets," 19 Feb. 2020 One result of that is that the well-connected often get first dibs, Noam Levey wrote. Los Angeles Times, "Trump rewrites coronavirus record to avoid blame," 3 Apr. 2020 But if the couple decide to auction it off or something, ABC gets first dibs on buying it back. Lindsay Denninger, refinery29.com, "Every Burning Question About Bachelor Rings That You’re Gonna Have After Peter’s Wild Finale," 10 Mar. 2020 Unger will direct this bilingual non-subscription show; subscribers will get first dibs on buying tickets. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skylight plans Dennis DeYoung's 'Hunchback' musical, 'Spring Awakening' with deaf and hearing performers," 11 Feb. 2020 Per an official press release, members of the Global Official Fanclub will get first dibs on Ticketmaster Verified Fan presale tickets, beginning at 3 p.m. local time on Wednesday, February 5 until 11 p.m. local time on Thursday, February 6. P. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "BTS Officially Announces "Map of the Soul" Tour Dates, Starting in Seoul," 22 Jan. 2020 Westbrook already called dibs on those shots during a recent film session. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Rockets' D'Antoni exudes calm despite lame-duck status: 'It's not going to change the way I coach'," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dibs

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dibs

short for dibstones jacks, from obsolete dib to dab

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4 Jun 2020

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“Dibs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dibs. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dibs

US, informal : the right to have or choose something

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