\ 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

Examples of dibs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 1-year deal will mean BBC Studios has first dibs on Hungry Jay’s factual entertainment slate. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 25 May 2022 Consumers interested in getting early dibs on the electronics giant's next flagship device can go to Samsung's Reserve Now site to get in line for an exclusive pre-order offer. Editors, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2021 Icons get first dibs at Nordstrom Anniversary sale picks from now until August 7, when shopping opens to Ambassador-level members. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, 5 Aug. 2020 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, 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, 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, 19 Feb. 2020 One result of that is that the well-connected often get first dibs, Noam Levey wrote. Los Angeles Times, 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, 10 Mar. 2020 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dibs. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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