stake (one's) claim

stake (one's) claim

To assert one's ownership of or right to something. John rushed to New York to stake his claim to his father's inheritance money.
See also: claim, stake

stake (out) a/your ˈclaim to somebody/something

say that you have a special interest in somebody/something, or have a right to own something, especially to warn other people not to take it: Both countries have staked out a claim to the land.If you staked out your claim to some land, you put stakes (= wooden posts) in the ground to mark the limits of land that you claimed was yours.