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.
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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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The New Jersey September 11th Memorial will be a lasting symbol of our resolve to honor those who died by rising above the evil that claimed their lives," said Gov.