Plus, Con Ed gets first dibs on whatever comes over the transom.
Then again, as Goodmann pointed out, “If protocol meant something, the vice president would have first dibs on the White House.”
Why should the Jewish community get first dibs at hanging out the ‘now hiring’ sign?
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.
[perhaps fr dibstones, a children's game played with small bones or other counters]
[probably fr divvy]