stake out (one's) claim to (something)(redirected from staked out their claims to)
stake out (one's) claim to (something)
To assert one's right to or ownership of something. My great-grandfather staked out his claim to this land over 100 years ago. You can't have this cookie because Tommy already staked out his claim to it. Settlers arrived in droves looking to stake out their claims to the newly discovered land.