accroach

accroach

[uh-krohch]
verb (used with object)
to assume to oneself without right or authority; usurp.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English acrochen < Anglo-French a(c)crocher to catch hold of, seize, usurp, Old French: derivative of croc hook, crook1 (< Germanic) with ac- ac-; cf. encroach

accroachment, noun
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