land grab

\ ˈlan(d)-ˌgrab How to pronounce land grab (audio) \
variants: or less commonly landgrab

Definition of land grab

: a usually swift acquisition of property (such as land or patent rights) often by fraud or force

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Other Words from land grab

land-grabber \ ˈlan(d)-​ˌgra-​bər How to pronounce land-grabber (audio) \ noun

Examples of land grab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Tuesday, Twitter began notifying people with dormant accounts that their handles would soon be thrown back into the wild, a land grab for the ages. Wired, "A Flawless Twitter Dunk 12 Years in the Making," 27 Nov. 2019 Shiv Sena is the only political party which is not interested in land grabbing. Nikhil S Dixit, Quartz India, "Mumbai’s ecologically important salt pans may soon be opened up for real estate," 15 Oct. 2019 That's set Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces on a land grabbing-mission across the country, moving speedily to assert their presence in a region where the Kurds had established relative autonomy. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "The situation in Syria is rapidly deteriorating. Four things you need to know," 14 Oct. 2019 Many Africans regard the land grabs as Mugabe’s crowning achievement. Washington Post, "Mugabe’s anti-colonial rage fueled long reign over Zimbabwe," 8 Sep. 2019 There have been, by one estimate, seventy violent clashes on land grabs since 2013, usually conflicts between residents and police or hired security forces. James Pogue, Harper's magazine, "The Myth of White Genocide," 10 June 2019 This time out, the birds and pigs must band together to survive as a mysterious third party has launched an all-out attack on them in a ruthless land grab. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "‘Angry Birds 2’ is chaotic, occasionally thoughtful," 12 Aug. 2019 That has led to a land grab among Dyal and its competitors, some of which are offering extra services to their targets like help with fundraising or technology to land stakes in the most coveted firms. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "Buying Stakes in Private-Equity Firms, Not Just Their Funds, Pays Big," 18 Nov. 2018 Republicans in the House and Senate callthe measure a land grab and a hindrance to the country’s energy independence. Andrew Nicla, azcentral, "Bill to ban new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon passes House committee," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of land grab

1860, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2019

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“Land grab.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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