turf

noun
\ ˈtərf How to pronounce turf (audio) \
plural turfs\ ˈtərfs How to pronounce turfs (audio) \ also turves\ ˈtərvz How to pronounce turves (audio) \

Definition of turf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the upper stratum of soil bound by grass and plant roots into a thick mat also : a piece of this
b : an artificial substitute for this (as on a playing field)
2a : territory considered by a gang to be under its control
b : territory sense 2 have to play two of the last three games on hostile turf— Joe Klein in chapter two, the author is on unfamiliar turf also : a sphere of activity or influence people who could hurt him on his own foreign-policy turf Wall Street Jour.
3a : a track or course for horse racing
b : the sport or business of horse racing
b : a piece of peat dried for fuel

turf

verb
turfed; turfing; turfs

Definition of turf (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with turf
2 chiefly British : to eject forcibly : kick usually used with out

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Other Words from turf

Noun

turfy \ ˈtər-​fē How to pronounce turfy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of turf in a Sentence

Noun

a lawn made by laying turfs Synthetic turf was installed in the playing field instead of grass. playing fields with artificial turfs The team played on home turf.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

About 10 miles away, Lewis Kelley wages a similar fight on different turf. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "Connecticut Little Leagues forced to adjust amid youth baseball participation decline," 10 July 2019 Geese were defecating and polluting water, turf and walkways. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Defending culling of geese; Culling angers Canadian; If the shoe fits…; Give that team a raise (7/10/19)," 10 July 2019 Then last month the two met again—this time on Kelley’s turf. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Kelley Lynch Wins Gatorade's 2019 National Female Athlete of the Year," 10 July 2019 In the last decade, a beer patio and infield turf have contributed to the player and fan experience during relentless use during the Alaska Baseball League, American Legion and high school baseball seasons. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s ballparks: At Mulcahy Stadium, the fans keep the game together," 9 July 2019 Since the game was played on the Boston Cannons home turf, the athletes were able to shoot from 2-point range, and Dylan buried a shot from beyond the arc in the first half. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, "The high school lacrosse all-star game came right down to the buzzer," 9 July 2019 The rules prevented veggies or turf grass from covering more than 60 percent of a front yard. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando drops enforcement of vegetable garden rules after state preemption, but won’t clear all regulations," 9 July 2019 After the fireworks cleared and the music died down, U.S. forward Tobin Heath was still lying on the stadium turf making confetti angels. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "How Long Can the U.S. Women Keep Going?," 8 July 2019 Jihadists would set up a new caliphate on Egyptian turf. The Economist, "Pyramid scheme," 6 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And with 52 of 55 seats on the council held by Labour, there was little prospect of the party being turfed out and the company shut down by a new administration. The Economist, "Robin Hood Energy, the company bringing power to the people," 3 May 2018 Damaged property, Zaremba Drive: A Zaremba resident called police at about 4:30 p.m. April 20 and said that earlier in the day, a silver sport-utility vehicle turfed his front lawn. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Drunk driver passes out behind wheel of SUV; silver SUV turfs lawn, hits garbage can: Brook Park police blotter," 4 May 2018 South Korea, after decades under strongmen who were less repressive but nevertheless still iron-fisted, has emerged as a democracy so vibrant that citizens peacefully turfed a president from office last year. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Talk of peace with North Korea has the South wondering: Will this time be different?," 28 Apr. 2018 Schools that are turfing their baseball/softball fields have their phones ringing constantly. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Springer: Basketball banners hung 3 miles apart; baseball off to a soggy start," 30 Mar. 2018 He was dumped as the nation’s president eight months later in a foreshadowing of how Zuma himself would be turfed out 10 years later. Bloomberg.com, "Zuma’s Exit Ends ‘One-Man Disaster’ That Roiled His Nation," 14 Feb. 2018 Riddled by infighting, the party has failed to present a coherent vision for the country since being turfed out of power by Abe in a 2012 landslide after three years in government. Andy Sharp, Bloomberg.com, "Japan's Opposition Picks New Leader to Challenge Slumping Abe," 31 Aug. 2017 Damage to property, Chagrin Boulevard: A resident reported on June 9 that somebody ran into his mailbox and turfed his lawn. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Woman hospitalized after hitting light pole: Moreland Hills police blotter," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of turf

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for turf

Noun

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German zurba turf, Sanskrit darbha tuft of grass

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The first known use of turf was before the 12th century

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turf

noun

English Language Learners Definition of turf

: the upper layer of ground that is made up of grass and plant roots
British : a square piece of turf cut out of the ground that is used for making lawns
: a material that looks like grass and that is used especially to cover athletic fields

turf

noun
\ ˈtərf How to pronounce turf (audio) \

Kids Definition of turf

1 : the upper layer of soil bound into a thick mat by roots of grass and other plants
2 : land covered with grass
3 : an area that is or is felt to be under an individual's control Fluffy won't allow any other dogs on his turf.

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