first dibs on


US, informal
: choice of (something) before anyone else gets to pick
The farm always gives first dibs on its vegetables to local families.

Examples of first dibs on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That could include a program where county employees would have first dibs on renting some of the units. Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald, 4 June 2024 To settle the Abbott vs. Liberty beef, Ava suggests a relay race between the teachers to decide who gets the first dibs on the slide. Ile-Ife Okantah, Vulture, 16 May 2024 It is helped in 2024 by the fact that AT&T and Home Depot are corporate sponsors with the NCAA, a marketing alliance that gives them first dibs on particular commercial opportunities. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 As part of the first-look agreement, Chalamet can make movies elsewhere, but Warner Bros. will get first dibs on backing his potential projects. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 26 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for first dibs on 

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“First dibs on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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