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?
Glad you're in time, sir, and to 'ear the dibs a-rattlin' in your pockets.
They'll never go for England, because England's got the dibs.
Ravenhursts an awfully nice place: but(facing him) You know, one must look after the dibs.
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.
But, hang it all, Reggie boy, what's the good of true love if you haven't got the dibs?
Old dibs smiled a sickly smile, like he was unbending to a pair of kids.
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]