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QP
Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:27:29 AM
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Hi friends,

This place doesn't have a cohesiveness that allows you to read it at first glance. You know, it's always been groups of people jostling in and making it their own and making a stake on it.

Could you please help to explain the sentence in bold.

Thank you
QP
sureshot
Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 6:06:30 AM
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QP wrote:
Hi friends,

This place doesn't have a cohesiveness that allows you to read it at first glance. You know, it's always been groups of people jostling in and making it their own and making a stake on it.

Could you please help to explain the sentence in bold.

Thank you
QP

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The expression in bold means "behaving as though they own it or have a right on the place".
thar
Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 7:59:39 AM

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Quote:
stake a claim
Also, stake out a claim. Indicate something as one's own, as in I'm staking a claim to the drumstick, or She staked out a claim for herself in the insurance business.

This term, dating from the mid-1800s, originally meant "register a claim to land by marking it with stakes." It was being used figuratively by the late 1800s.



It is a bit of a mixed metaphor, a mish-mash of
- stake a claim on it
- make a claim for it
- put their stamp on it
and
- have a stake in it (be invested)
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