lay claim to (something)

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lay claim to (something)

To assert that one has the legal or proper right to own or possess something. If no one lays claim to the wallet within 48 hours, you'll be able to keep it for yourself. The youngest son is laying claim to the business now that their father has passed away.
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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.
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lay ˈclaim to something

state that you have a right to something: ‘The Lamb and Flag’ lays claim to being the oldest pub in London.
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lay claim to

To assert one's right to or ownership of.
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At this moment of time, Verdis remains unrecognized although is rightfully a state under international law of the Montevideo Convention, along with it also being the oldest active entity to lay claim to its land.
Kuala Lumpur : Supporters of an armed bid by Filipino intruders to lay claim to a Malaysian state took their campaign to cyberspace on Monday, manipulating Google search listings to show a message backing the incursion.
In the Neolithic settlement of Choirkoitia, Cyprus can lay claim to having one of the most important sites of its kind in Europe.
The government could lay claim to a lucrative shipwreck industry, with an amendment to the Abandoned Wreck Act that sources claim could erase the nation's sovereign debt and stop millions of dollars from leaving yearly in illegal salvages, reports The Nassau Guardian (March 30, 2011).
The gigantic Douglas fir tree on the Lake Vyrnwy estate near Llanwddyn, managed by Forestry Commission Wales, can lay claim to being the tallest tree in Wales at 60.62 metres.
Despite Lay Claim being a half-brother to plenty of winners, Sir Michael Stoute and Freemason Lodge were happy to offload the colt last month after seven starts without success.
Spanish and Italian football can lay claim to having more technical fluency, and that is why their stars flourish on the world stage.
Not many TV programmes can lay claim to such longevity.
Britain can now lay claim to having the three fastest fourkilometre pursuit riders in history in Chris Boardman, Thomas and Bradley Wiggins after the 23-year-old from Cardiff clocked four minutes 15.015 seconds in qualification yesterday.
It has revealed that 41 per cent of Scots were able to lay claim to second or third language skills - the highest percentage in the UK.
After Michael Jones' brave performance pushing the veteran into the 12th round in Milan in January, surely he can lay claim to a shot at the vacant title.
As contemporary philosopher, poet, and novelist Raymond Tallis wrote in the September/October 2006 issue of Philosophy Now: "Art can and must lay claim to the hole left by the absence of God." The humanist movement hasn't yet replenished the chasms left by godlessness, but through art, humanism could address our religious desires in a secular fashion.
Having already met with Sturgeon Falls officials who have accomplished a similar task, Desmeules is moving forward to try and lay claim to the hydroelectric facility, which she says no longer belongs to Tembec after they idled their mill.
The last man to lay claim to the feat was Gordon Sample, who proved his point by clearing the viaduct FOUR times in September 1962.
Servant of the Gods is a historical fiction novel that brings to life the events of the Song of Deborah, the Biblical story of how Deborah and Barak led an army to defeat the Canaanites and lay claim to Israel.