When you declare that the last piece of pie is yours, this is an example of a situation where you call dibs on the last piece of pie.
Origin of dibscontr. ; from dibstone, a jack or a sheep knucklebone in a children's game ; from dib (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ) + stone
- A claim; rights: I have dibs on that last piece of pie.
- Money, especially in small amounts.
Origin of dibsShort for dibstones, counters used in a game, probably from obsolete dib, to tap.
(third-person singular simple present dibses, present participle dibsing, simple past and past participle dibsed)
- To claim a temporary right to (something); to reserve.
Since the early 19th century, of disputed origin. Most commonly thought to be from dibstones (“counters used in a game with the same name”). Also from dib (“to tap”) or related to northern English dip (“small depression in the ground”), or a shortened version of divide
- plural form of dib