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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
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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 ​servedbasis.
(Definition of first come, first served from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “first come, first served”
in Chinese (Simplified) 先到先得, 先到先接待…
in Chinese (Traditional) 先到先得, 先到先接待…
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