Have dibs on



verb phrase

To have a claim or option on: No, sorry. This guy has dibs on me (1930s+)
Have a first claim on something, as in If you don’t want it, I have dibs on the next available apartment. This term was originally schoolyard slang. [ c. 1930 ]

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