\ˈdibz \

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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Planned Parenthood of Michigan shares in the Title X money, but gets second dibs, receiving about 40% of its funding from Title X or Medicaid. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Planned Parenthood keeps Title X funding in new Michigan budget," 22 June 2018 But the unwritten rules governing dibs in Chicago are the most sophisticated. The Economist, "Dibs and cribsLife, liberty and the pursuit of parking," 22 Feb. 2018 Order books open this week for those who want first dibs. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The Cadillac XT4 is aimed at Gen X," 28 Mar. 2018 Home sweet home Wagner wanted Kristaps Porzingis' locker and booted a teammate who was about to take dibs on it. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball looking much like 2017's March run vs. Nebraska," 2 Mar. 2018 Many fans subscribed to last season in order to get first dibs on subscribing to this season. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Broadway in Louisville's 2018-19 season includes 'Hamilton,' six other amazing productions," 28 Feb. 2018 About this time of year, when the winter weary dream of torching all the dibs on the streets in a massive spring bonfire of rebirth, a little vision of sunshine and seawater sounds pretty good. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Aloha Wagon rolls out Hawaiian plate lunches," 28 Feb. 2018 This winter Havas, an advertising agency, and Lincoln Park Community Services, a charity, persuaded 20 local artists to create dibs chairs for auction on eBay, an online auctioneer, to help the homeless. The Economist, "Dibs and cribsLife, liberty and the pursuit of parking," 22 Feb. 2018 When a person dies and donates a liver, potential recipients in the region are prioritized and the sickest gets first dibs. Ted Alcorn, New York Times, "Greater Access to Donated Livers Promised to Transplant Patients," 22 Dec. 2017

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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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The first known use of dibs was in 1812

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English Language Learners Definition of dibs

: the right to have or choose something

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