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lay claim to something

to place a claim on something. Do you really think you can lay claim to that money after all these years? Someone came by and laid claim to the wallet you found.
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lay claim to

Assert one's right to or ownership of, as in "What claim lays she to thee?" (Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 3:2). [Late 1500s] Also see stake a claim.
See also: claim, lay

lay claim to

To assert one's right to or ownership of.
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It had been feared that the DCA would lay claim to the building under a proposed reorganisation of court administration with any profits from its sale going to London.
But we Brits can lay claim Brits can lay claim to the creation of Christmas cards after John Calcott Horsley sold 1,000 of his first cards which carried the picture of a family party in 1843.
Many people can lay claim to being the forefounder of rock 'n' roll, but Ike has a better claim than most thanks to his rousing 1951 recording Rocket 88.
The 'Double Knockout' rose has done just that, as its sparkling appearance and long bloom time allow it to lay claim to the title of ``most brilliant and durable low-growing rose.
This work, Pedro Tudela's A idade do cacifo (The age of the locker), 1999, alluded to adolescence and to the sense of constraint experienced by a body uncomfortable with the scope of its experience in the world; it served as the operative metaphor for an exhibition of works that, under different guises, lay claim to art's capacity to both demand and breach new horizons.
This season's episode about a Native American protest of Columbus Day drove home the point that fewer and fewer groups can lay claim to the sort of exclusion that once marked much of American life.
He makes the controversial suggestion that nerves in other animals lay claim to disproportionately large areas of brain surface by showing up early.
In keeping with this tradition, Terry dispenses with the ahistorical source studies typical of scholars professing to lay claim to the Renaissance forma mentis and its mundus significans.
All told, this is an insult to Brazil, which can still lay claim to being something of a Third World country.
Of the numerous active and inactive mine tailings that exist in this part of the province, some have been completely deserted, that is, companies have failed to lay claim to the properties.
Ericsson's RBS 3000 family of Node B base stations lay claim to an industry leading baseband processing capacity and widely deployed HSDPA offer.
Twenty families have contacted police to lay claim to items among the 70 found.
If any of the above wins the 1 1/4-mile race, which is open to 3-year-olds and up, his or her owners can rightfully lay claim to the Horse of the Year crown, which has been voted to the Classic winner in eight of the event's 20 years.
Koch's Warhol indeed provides the denouement to Michelson's special issue: The filmmaker is seen to lay claim to the strong current of modernism in the avant-garde cinema of the period, a claim that entails both continuity with and development of the work of exemplary predecessors and a squaring with the aesthetic issues of the day.
The first to lay claim to identifying beta-secretase, at least in public, was a group at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, Calif.