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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

dibs

PRONUNCIATION:
(dibz)

MEANING:
noun: The right or claim on something.

ETYMOLOGY:
From shortening of dibstones, a children's game played with pebbles.

USAGE:
"Carly: I've got dibs on 'Don't Cry for Me, Argentina'.
Syesha: No way, girl. That's my song."
Donald Munro; What A Tangled 'Idol' We Weave; Fresno Bee (California); Apr 20, 2008.

"Department officers were given first dibs for the job."
Michael Tucker; Town Approves Hengel; Belgrade News (Montana); Jun 19, 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)

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