first come, first served

idiom
variants: or first come, first serve

Definition of first come, first served

used to say that the people who arrive earliest get served or treated before the people who arrive laterThe campsites are first come, first served, so we'd better get there early.The campsites are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis."Aren't there any cookies left?" "Sorry—first come, first served."

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“First come, first served.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first%20come%2C%20first%20served. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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