lay claim

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lay claim demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to "He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter","Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident"
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Usage

In literature:

It is they, not we, who lay claim to knowledge never given to man.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
For my unprecedented action I claim that no other course lay open to me.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
Yet I fear that, taking the whole nation, there are few who on this score can lay claim to faith.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
Pindar expressly lays claim to this privilege.
"An Essay on the Lyric Poetry of the Ancients" by John Ogilvie
His sole claim to attention lay in the millions accumulated by his father.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
The claims of lay patrons are without foundation in the word of God.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
Artaxerxes, now at the head of a powerful empire and great army, lays claim to all the former territories of Persia.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
Once the Strike Force was activated, maybe she would lay claim to him.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
There is no one to lay claim to her.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I can lay no claims to any scientific accomplishments or achievements.
"The Silver Butterfly" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
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In poetry:

Hosannah to his glorious name,
Who saves by diff'rent ways!
His mercies lay a sovereign claim
To our immortal praise.
"Hymn 132" by Isaac Watts
And some would call me coward fool:
I lay a claim to better blood,
But yet a heap of idle mud
Hath power to make me sorrowful.
"From Home" by George MacDonald
But, Laura, should my faltering tongue
Refuse to speak in Henry's praise,
My trembling voice deny the song
When Henry claims his favourite lays;
"To Laura" by Amelia Opie
"But I who lay claim to no laurel,
I bow to the will of the Fates,
Take my place in the ranks of my fellows
And accept their loves and their hates."
"I Stand With My Shoulder To Shoulders" by Alexander Anderson
If any man thirst, And happy would be,
The vilest and worst May come unto me,
May drink of my Spirit, Excepted is none,
Lay claim to my merit, And take for his own.
"All That Pass" by Charles Wesley
Never did rock or stream or tree lay claim with better right
To all the adorning sympathies of shadow and of light;
And, in that forest petrified, as forester there dwells
Stout Herman, the old sacristan, sole lord of all its bells.
"An Incident Of The Fire At Hamburg" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Iron Mountain can lay claim to a Major League Baseball player.
Social sciences can't lay claim to scientific certainty .
PLYMOUTH — Fuzzy Zoeller can lay claim to a US Open and Masters championship.
Czechs lay claim to Davis Cup title.
After laying dormant for the previous four innings, the Rebels came to life in the bottom of the eighth, scoring five runs on six singles to claim a 7-2 victory over Memphis.
The political lens looks at how power and influence are distributed and wielded in an organization as well as the preferences of the individuals and groups who lay claim to power.
Louisville lays claim to many unique inventions: chewing gum, the happy birthday song, and the cheeseburger, among others.
We doubt that any of the contestants that have stood on the audition stage through the show's entire history could lay claim to going through what hopeful Romeo Diahn has been through.
The MLS regular season, which ends this weekend, can lay claim to being the best in league history.
It wants to lay claim to these riverbeds in order to collect rent from power company PPL Montana, which operates 10 hydroelectric projects on five falls on the Missouri River near Great Falls, Mont.
Today, of course, fast food restaurants lay claim to the majority of drive-thrus and most of us use them on a regular basis.
Washington, DC lays claims to the perfect summer cocktail.
Seasoned SF musicians lay claim to chilly synth with Forever.
Midwesterners may lay claim to the creation of this fried-pork sandwich, but the rest of the country also finds it hard to resist.
The first baby boomers are turning 62 this year, the magical age at which you can begin to lay claim to all those payroll taxes you shelled out paycheck after paycheck your entire working life.
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In science:

Out of the nearly seventy octaves of electromagnetic spectrum that have been opened up to astronomical observation, X-ray astronomers can lay claim to roughly ten (as opposed to the single octave explored by optical astronomers!).
X-ray astronomy in the new Millenium. A Summary
Although the idea of a sizeable neutrino magnetic moment interacting with the solar field lay dormant for some time, it was reintroduced in 1986 to explain the claimed periodicity of the Chlorine event rate, but the effect remains inconclusive.
Solar Neutrinos: Spin Flavour Precession and LMA
In summary, the present paper lays a claim that a single field model can be found whose QPs interact in a fashion much closer to the known properties of the interactions of real particles.
Pseudolocalized Three-dimensional Solitary Waves as Quasi-Particles
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