\ ˈdibz How to pronounce dibs (audio) \

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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Twentieth Century Fox was once its own entity with dibs on the X-Men movies, as well as characters from the Fantastic Four rolodex. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Dark Phoenix star Kodi Smit-McPhee on the uncertain future of the X-Men," 10 June 2019 The best response is to remind voters that big business enjoys the cushiest of safety nets and first dibs at the government trough. David Von Drehle, The Denver Post, "Von Drehle: How Democrats can respond when President Trump cries socialism," 23 June 2019 That’s the home of the infamous leather couch, where Sheldon routinely called dibs at the one end. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "You can sit in Sheldon Cooper's spot now on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour," 11 June 2019 Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s respective daughters have already begun calling dibs on some of the pop star’s most iconic looks. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lopez Says Her and A-Rod’s Daughters Have Picked Out What They Want from Her Wardrobe," 4 June 2019 View this post on Instagram Old but gold A post shared by Viscount Of Althorp (@louis_spencer94) on May 22, 2018 at 1:26pm PDT Nicki Minaj (jokingly) called dibs. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meet Louis Spencer, the Young, Hot, Eligible Nephew of Princess Diana," 6 Feb. 2019 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

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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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dibs

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dibs

US, informal : the right to have or choose something

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