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  1. Chicken Sandwich's Avatar
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    #1

    To have first dibs

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    Are you and Cat Deeley an item,
    then?

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    Why? You're not jealous, are you?
    No, no, she's...

    298
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    she's very glamorous.

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    Look, I didn't want to say too much,
    but, um...

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    you've rumbled us.

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    How long's that been going on?
    Long enough. Hmm.

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    Yeah, is it a rebound thing?
    Who knows?

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    But, um, you've still got first dibs
    on me, but the clock is ticking.

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    I just don't want her to get hurt.
    This is a dialogue from "Life's Too Short", episode 6 between Warwick Davis and his ex-wife. I don't understand what he means by "you've still got first dibs on me".

    Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English:

    dibs / dɪbz / noun [ plural ] American English informal

    the right to have, use, or do something : Freshmen have first dibs on dormitory rooms.
    I don't get it, especially in conjunction with "the clock is ticking". Perhaps it means that she was the one who first slept with him?

    Can someone help me out? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: To have first dibs

    It looks like the speaker in 303 invites the other to closer relationship (= you still have more right to be with me than others do).
    "The clock is ticking" means "don't waste time, don't hesitate", perhaps, though I am not sure...

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    #3

    Re: To have first dibs

    You can still claim me as yours, but you better do so quickly. That right won't last forever.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: To have first dibs

    Thanks.

    Just out of curiousity. The dictionary says it's an American English expression, though though Life's Too Short is a British television show. Are American English expressions common in British English (more so than the other way around), or is the dictionary not entirely correct?

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    #5

    Re: To have first dibs

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Thanks.

    Just out of curiousity. The dictionary says it's an American English expression, though though Life's Too Short is a British television show. Are American English expressions common in British English (more so than the other way around), or is the dictionary not entirely correct?
    Even though "dibs" is associated more with AmE today, the expression actually originated in England.

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