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stake somewhere/sth out

verb [T] uk phrasal verb with stake   /steɪk/ us  
to mark the limits of an area or a piece of land with wooden sticks in order to claim that you own it to show clearly that you claim the right to own, control, or use a particular area, for example by putting personal things there: Each gang in the city has staked out its territory and defends it from other gangs. They arrived early for the concert and staked out a place at the front of the queue.
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