[ dibz ]
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  1. money in small amounts.

  2. rights; claims: I have dibs on the car when Jimmy brings it back.

Origin of dibs

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

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British Dictionary definitions for dibs


/ (dɪbz) /

pl n
  1. another word for jacks

  2. a slang word for money

  1. (foll by on) informal rights (to) or claims (on): used mainly by children

Origin of dibs

C18: shortened from dibstones children's game played with knucklebones or pebbles, probably from dib to tap, dip, variant of dab 1

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see have dibs on.

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