One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wrong or mistaken claim.
with object To claim or lay claim to (something) wrongly, falsely, or mistakenly.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Francis Bacon (1561–1626), lord chancellor, politician, and philosopher. From mis- + claim<br>mid 18th century; earliest use found in Aaron Hill (1685–1750), writer and entrepreneur. From mis- + claim.
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