Definition of dibs in English:

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dibs

Pronunciation: /dɪbz/

plural noun

informal
1 (usually in phrase have first dibs) The right to share or choose something.
Example sentences
  • The trouble for equity investors is that the debtholders have first dibs over the initial £2.9b of any valuation, and possibly even more than that as Marconi will need to retain some of its cash for working capital purposes.
  • But it wasn't about rescuing an animal, it was just the way to continue the friendship, and I'm glad that Rex Petersen said I could have first dibs at TJ.
  • I believe that probably Silverstein's proposal - and he has first dibs, as it were, because he leased the buildings - of four buildings making up the same amount of space is probably what will happen.
2 dated Money.
Example sentences
  • Well, Artsfans, no longer will you have to schlepp down to Churchill Square or crook your dialing finger to lay dibs on tickets to that exquisite cultural event.
  • My dibs are on him being some lame ABC type.
  • On the off chance that they did, I'd like to remind them that I've got dibs on Attenborough and Harris.

Origin

Mid 18th century (denoting pebbles used in a children's game): from earlier dib-stones, perhaps from dib.

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