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.
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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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Joined by their shared categorization as children and exclusion from full citizenship at the hands of white men, a diverse group of women and black men used equal adulthood to claim the political rights, economic independence, marital equality, familial authority, and sexual autonomy that white men claimed for themselves.
As part of the annual negotiations on the management of shared stocks, and in the absence of an agreement with Iceland and the Faroe Islands, the EU and Norway claimed for themselves 90% of the mackerel quotas.
Colonial rulers claimed for themselves the role of "social emancipator" who released the locals from the "medieval primitivism" of the previous Ahom regime dependent on "slave labour." This rhetoric deeply influenced the perception of Indigenous elites in Bramhaputra Valley.
Barack Obama and his Congressional retainers have claimed for themselves the spoils of "democracy." They have rejected the constraints of the American Republic.
Cassirer's system relied on a 'historicization' of Kant's transcendental subject, and it therefore 'possesses no domain of a priori forms to call its own' (50), lacking the authority that both the new forms of positivism and existential philosophy claimed for themselves.
In their five-minutes-apiece opening statements, not once did they mention one another other than to share some of the credit for good things they each largely claimed for themselves. Metsger went so far as to assure the audience: "We are all very good friends and we have all worked very hard to make a better Oregon."
The Friends, comments Fischer, "were among the few people in the world who extended to others the rights they claimed for themselves" The Liberty Bell--heard by everyone in town--symbolized "universal liberty and freedom." The bell, however, eventually clashed with a different American fixation.
Many European colonists and westward moving settlers feared Native Americans, whose civil and human rights were quickly usurped in the name of the very freedom the revolutionaries claimed for themselves.
To close with an Indian voice, the epilogue uses the early-nineteenth century writings of Pequot Indian William Apess to give a critical overview of how Europeans claimed for themselves an "American" identity and history.
No, not a sense of victimization, which they have never claimed for themselves; rather, their acknowledgment of the constant degradation of the Italian-American image in the media, which extends far beyond The Sopranos to TV sitcoms, advertising, theater, pulp fiction, newspapers, etc.
America's Black farmers hope to tap the emerging Cuban market, one that agribusiness giants have largely claimed for themselves so far.
It is a story of our reduction to the status of objects that could be owned, used and disposed of by others, who claimed for themselves a manifest destiny "to run the empire of the globe".
For example, he describes how psychiatry lost ground to social work in the 1940s and 1950s as social workers began to develop practice approaches in the talk therapy area which psychiatrists had previously claimed for themselves. Similarly, in the recent history of social work education, it was acceptable and accurate to speak of social work practice as consisting of uncertain technologies to understand and solve problems.
(12) As they explored the Bible, as readers or as recipients of oral accounts of the readings, blacks found their most powerful weapon against racism and claimed for themselves a destiny.
The apparatchiks bent upon ensuring social equality claimed for themselves privileges that elevated them above the ordinary citizen.