- 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-jumping
I really think I should have been more successful than I was at claim-jumping.A Damaged Reputation
There is no claim-jumping, as the Canadian laws are rigid and well enforced.All about the Klondyke gold mines
J. Armoy Knox
He was in well-boring or insurance or claim-jumping, or something--I've forgotten which.
He was in well-boring or insurance or claim-jumping, or something—I've forgotten which.
"He's a bit of a rogue, and claim-jumping isn't a creditable profession," Andrew replied.For the Allinson Honor