stake a claim

Also, stake out a claim. Indicate something as one's own, as in I'm staking a claim to the drumstick, or She staked out a claim for herself in the insurance business. This term, dating from the mid-1800s, originally meant “register a claim to land by marking it with stakes.” It was being used figuratively by the late 1800s.


Nearby words

  1. stairs,
  2. stairstep,
  3. stairway,
  4. stairwell,
  5. stake,
  6. stake boat,
  7. stake body,
  8. stake horse,
  9. stake out,
  10. stake race

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