jumping a claim
jumping a claim[′jəm·piŋ ə ′klām]
Taking possession of a mining claim which has been abandoned.
Taking possession of a mining claim that is liable to forfeiture because the requirements of the law are unfulfilled.
Taking possession of a mining claim by stealth, fraud, or force.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.