- a person who seizes another's claim of land, especially for mineral rights.
Origin of claim-jumper
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for claim-jumper
But Alice was no claim-jumper—so long as the notice of ownership was plainly posted.Alice Adams
What's the truth about that McMahon claim-jumper who was acquitted this morning?Wild Youth, Volume Complete
The man must have been a claim-jumper, and meant to steal those papers.
He dared the shotgun the night they run that claim-jumper off.Vandemark's Folly
You make about the poorest kind of claim-jumper I ever ran up against, and I've handled quite a few in my time.