Meaning of “first come, first served” in the English Dictionary

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"first come, first served" in British English

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first come, first served

used to mean that people will receive something or be dealt with in the order in which they ask or arrive

(Definition of “first come, first served” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"first come, first served" in American English

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first come, first served

only the first people to arrive or ask for something will receive it:

Free tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

(Definition of “first come, first served” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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