land grab

noun
\ 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

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Finding any available empty plots in a land grab that’s been running since the 17th century. Kathryn O'shea Evans, House Beautiful, "This Stunning Massachusetts Home is a Haven in the Trees," 3 May 2019 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 This new land grab will extend the cattle-ranching operation that also helps keep Roden Crater going. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "James Turrell’s New Masterpiece in the Desert," 14 Jan. 2019 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 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

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First Known Use of land grab

1860, in the meaning defined above

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