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dibs

[dibz] /dɪbz/
noun, Informal.
1.
money in small amounts.
2.
rights; claims:
I have dibs on the car when Jimmy brings it back.
Origin of dibs
1720-1730
1720-30; shortening of earlier dibstones a children's game; see dib

dib

[dib] /dɪb/
verb (used without object), dibbed, dibbing.
1.
to fish by letting the bait bob lightly on the water.
Origin
1600-10; expressive word akin to dab1, dip1, bob1, etc.
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  • Glad you're in time, sir, and to 'ear the dibs a-rattlin' in your pockets.

    Acton's Feud Frederick Swainson
  • They'll never go for England, because England's got the dibs.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • Ravenhursts an awfully nice place: but(facing him) You know, one must look after the dibs.

    A Fool's Paradise Sydney Grundy
  • However, I assume that you who read this are actually in need of the dibs.

  • Miss Derwents an awfully nice girl, but you know, one must look after the dibs.

    A Fool's Paradise Sydney Grundy
  • But, hang it all, Reggie boy, what's the good of true love if you haven't got the dibs?

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • Old dibs smiled a sickly smile, like he was unbending to a pair of kids.

British Dictionary definitions for dibs

dibs

/dɪbz/
plural noun
1.
another word for jacks
2.
a slang word for money
3.
(foll by on) (informal) rights (to) or claims (on): used mainly by children
Word Origin
C18: shortened from dibstones children's game played with knucklebones or pebbles, probably from dib to tap, dip, variant of dab1

dib

/dɪb/
verb dibs, dibbing, dibbed
1.
(intransitive) to fish by allowing the bait to bob and dip on the surface
Word Origin
C17: perhaps alteration of dab1
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Word Origin and History for dibs

children's word to express a claim on something, 1932, originally U.S., apparently a contraction of dibstone "a knucklebone or jack in a children's game" (1690s), of unknown origin.

dib

see dibs.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dibs

dibs

noun

  1. Money: How did you make your dibs? (1807+)
  2. (also dibs on) A claim; a preemptive declaration: It's mine, I said dibs first/ Dibs on the front seat

[perhaps fr dibstones, a children's game played with small bones or other counters]

dib

noun

  1. A share, esp a share of money: I ought to collect the kid's dib, too (1829+)
  2. A dollar: fifty sweet dibs (1930s+)

[probably fr divvy]

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