claim (something) for (oneself or something)

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claim (something) for (oneself or something)

1. To declare something as one's property or jurisdiction. You can't have his potato chips—I already claimed them for myself! Do you think he might actually claim the throne for himself? After the battle, the victorious country claimed the contested area for itself.
2. To officially request money as repayment for damages. I can't believe he's claiming thousands of dollars for repairs when I barely dented his fender.
See also: claim, for
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

claim something for someone or something

to declare rights to or control of something for someone, or that something is the property of someone, a group, or a nation. The small country claimed the mountainous area for itself. Roger claimed all the rest of the ice cream for himself.
See also: claim, for

claim something for something

to make a claim for money in payment for damages. David claimed one thousand dollars for the damaged car. She claimed a lot of money for the amount of harm she experienced.
See also: claim, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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There is simply no description of mental and physical causation that allows for this freedom that we habitually claim for ourselves and ascribe to others."
"Freedom," in the language of these foundational texts, "is something we give to one another, rather than something we claim for ourselves," she explained.
The people of Pakistan stand by their Iranian brothers and sisters and firmly believe that it is Iran alone which should decide its security needs as we claim for ourselves in Pakistan, he concluded.
Among ourselves, chaplains may consider this a part of our "prophetic" role, although it is a role we do not always claim for ourselves.
Advancing to the 19th century we can claim for ourselves one of the age's finest novelists.
The temptation to claim for ourselves all within our grasp sets us on a course that destroys neighbor and planet.
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We believe we have the right to initiate new life for the sake of what it may provide us, i.e., bone marrow, stem cells, of a specific identity, but we claim for ourselves a right not to be used, or treated as a means to an end.
"If we keep playing like we are, with everyone contributing, then the prize is there for us to claim for ourselves."
Concluding his speech, he said: "We can no longer be guided by this shortsighted notion that what we can claim for ourselves we can deny to others.
Peace means to accept the rights of the other, the same rights we claim for ourselves. Peace is a political stance.