land grab

noun
\ ˈlan(d)-ˌgrab \
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 \ noun

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There have been frequent land disputes in the area, with many accusing the government of sponsoring land grabs. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "Uganda faces pressure to probe 2016 massacre by military," 27 Nov. 2018 This is the greatest land grab in the history of media ever. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Recode has published 240 podcasts in 2018. Here are the 10 you really shouldn’t miss.," 6 Dec. 2018 This is the greatest land grab in the history of media ever. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Recode has published 240 podcasts in 2018. Here are the 10 you really shouldn’t miss.," 6 Dec. 2018 In addition, social media is a land grab, and Facebook is its most successful grabber, says Glen Weyl, a senior research scholar at Yale and a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, the company’s R&D lab. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Tech’s Titans Tiptoe Toward Monopoly," 31 May 2018 This is the greatest land grab in the history of media ever. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Redef CEO Jason Hirschhorn returns to Recode Media with Peter Kafka," 23 Aug. 2018 Indigenous groups say government policies have led to land grabs by ranchers, farmers and loggers in incursions that often end in violence. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Group: Land activist murders keep rising, 2017 deadliest yet," 23 July 2018 The deeply unpopular land grabs under former leader Robert Mugabe contributed to the economic collapse of the once-prosperous country. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, Fox News, "Zimbabwe's leader tries to rally white voters as gap narrows," 21 July 2018 Uber’s investment in Lime is part of a furious land grab in the transportation world. Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, "A Taste of Lime: Uber Invests in an Electric Scooter Company," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of land grab

1860, in the meaning defined above

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