Definition of first come, first served in English:

first come, first served


  • Used to indicate that people will be dealt with strictly in the order in which they arrive or apply.

    ‘tickets are available on a first come, first served basis’
    • ‘The Playgroup re-opens on Monday the 5th of September at 9.30 a.m. and places are available on a first come, first served, basis.’
    • ‘Why can't they just leave the tickets with the professionals and let it be a case of first come, first served, the same as any other major event in the country.’
    • ‘Postcards can't be reserved or paid for in advance, they are allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis on the sale days only.’
    • ‘The open auditions will be run on a first come, first served basis with entrants arriving at the venue by 9.00 am.’
    • ‘All are first come, first served; arrive early on weekends.’
    • ‘Due to the high level of interest in the course, applications will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.’
    • ‘It's first come, first served, so please act quickly!’
    • ‘And how are the lists ordered: on the basis of first come, first served?’
    • ‘Seating for the these concerts will be limited and admission is by ticket only on the door at £5.00, first come, first served.’
    • ‘Season ticket holders who wish to sit in this stand must first get a free transfer ticket from the ticket office at least two days before the game and it is strictly first come, first served.’