The freshman GOP senator has been staking out a leadership role on the immigration reform push.
He knew reporters would be staking out his every move if he left the house and went to a doctor.
The Russians and Canadians have been the most aggressive in staking their claims—often with competing scientific data.
Still, like any gold rush, several investors are staking their claim.
You wax dramatic now, expressing outsized aspects of personality as a means of staking out emotional territory.
But all her attention was engrossed on her son, whom she saw at one of the tables, staking his last napoleon.
staking all on high moments is melodrama with no comic relief.
During this time M. de Valensolle had measured forty paces, staking a cane as a point of departure.
What do you say to our staking, on word of honour, a little of that gold we are going to find?
Detail out this afternoon staking out the ground to align the batteries.
"pointed stick or post," Old English staca, from Proto-Germanic *stakon (cf. Old Norse stiaki, Dutch staak, German stake), from PIE root *steg- "pole, stick." The Germanic word has been borrowed in Spanish (estaca), Old French (estaque), and Italian stacca) and was borrowed back as attach. Meaning "post upon which persons were bound for death by burning" is recorded from c.1200. Stake-body as a type of truck is attested from 1907. In pull up stakes, "The allusion is to pulling up the stakes of a tent" [Bartlett].
early 14c., "to mark (land) with stakes," from stake (n.1). Hence, to stake a claim (1857). Meaning "to risk, wager" is attested from 1520s, probably from notion of "post on which a gambling wager was placed," though Weekley suggests "there is a tinge of the burning or baiting metaphor" in this usage. Meaning "to maintain surveilance" (usually stake out) is first recorded 1942, American English colloquial, probably form earlier sense of "mark off territory." Related: Staked; staking.
The group of unescorting males at a dance, thought of as a line beside the floor, studying the women as possible dance partners (1934+)