claim a/the/(one's) life

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claim a/the/(one's) life

To result in one's death. This crime spree has already claimed the lives of 10 innocent people—when will the perpetrator be caught? That debilitating illness ultimately claimed her life.
See also: claim, life

claim a life

Fig. [for something] to take the life of someone. The killer tornado claimed the lives of six people at the trailer park. The athlete's life was claimed in a skiing accident.
See also: claim, life
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Laos Defense Minister Douangchay Phichit and his wife were among those killed in the crash, which also is believed to claim the lives of 20 more Laotian officials.
ISLAMABAD -- Heart attacks claim the lives of around 90,000 Iranians each year, the director of data and statistics network of Iran's Health Ministry informed.
Tamimi called security services to take the necessary measures to reduce the violence that claim the lives of innocent citizens.
It wasn't a foreign enemy who killed Butler, but domestic terrorists - the gang members who torment neighborhoods and who routinely claim the lives of innocents.
home fires claim the lives of more than 600 children and teens ages 14 and under.
Yet the American Heart Association predicts it will claim the lives of one out of five women in the United States.