dibs

[dibz]
noun Informal.
1.
money in small amounts.
2.
rights; claims: I have dibs on the car when Jimmy brings it back.

Origin:
1720–30; shortening of earlier dibstones a children's game; see dib

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dib

[dib]
verb (used without object), dibbed, dibbing.
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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dib (dɪb)
 
vb , dibs, dibbing, dibbed
(intr) to fish by allowing the bait to bob and dip on the surface
 
[C17: perhaps alteration of dab1]

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

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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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DIB
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dibs

see have dibs on.

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dibs

game of great antiquity and worldwide distribution, now played with stones, bones, seeds, filled cloth bags, or metal or plastic counters (the jacks), with or without a ball. The name derives from "chackstones"-stones to be tossed. The knuckle, wrist, or ankle bones (astragals) of goats, sheep, or other animals also have been used in play. Such objects have been found in prehistoric caves in Kiev, Ukraine, and pictures of the game are depicted on jars from ancient Greece.

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Example sentences
She even got first dibs during the demolition, knocking down the door to the locker room with a single swing of a sledgehammer.
Communities will get first dibs on government transportation money.
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