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 grab (audio) \ noun

Examples of land grab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this week, the grassroots group Apache Stronghold—consisting of citizens of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, among others—offered one final act of resistance to this bipartisan land grab. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "John McCain’s Apache Land Grab Is Finally Happening," 15 Jan. 2021 This is a grubby land grab with just about as much sordidness of the Teapot Dome affair. Tim Hogan, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: How Cory Gardner’s vote doomed the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling," 31 Jan. 2020 Attorneys for the landowner, timber company Weyerhaeuser Co., called that an unjust land grab. Matthew Brown, Star Tribune, "US officials seek limits on "habitat" for imperiled species," 31 July 2020 Nine years later the land grab is paying off as an economic downturn, the rising unaffordability of homeownership and a global pandemic push a new generation to suburban home rentals. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "B. Wayne Hughes Built a Self-Storage Empire. Now He Wants to Rent You a McMansion.," 10 July 2020 Ruiz de Burton wrote the novel to push back against the negative stereotypes the squatters used to justify their land grab. Andrew Altschul, The New York Review of Books, "Fiction and Responsibility," 6 July 2020 This story tells of indentured servitude, mail-order brides and a scheming land grab. Mike Hughes,, "Here's what you need to watch on TV each day this week: May 24-30," 24 May 2020 The land grab for back-to-work technology: Eager to reopen factories and offices, employers are buying apps that check symptoms and fever-screeners that promise to spot sick workers. Shira Ovide, New York Times, "Let’s Clean Up the Toxic Internet," 11 May 2020 In the chaos, an autocrat eyes an opportunity for a land grab. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic’s Coming Geopolitical Second Wave," 18 May 2020

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First Known Use of land grab

1860, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jan 2021

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“Land grab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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