land grab

the seizing of land by a nation, state, or organization, especially illegally, underhandedly, or unfairly.
Also, land-grab.

land-grabber, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
landgrab (ˈlændˌɡræb)
informal a sudden attempt to establish ownership of or copyright on something in advance of competitors
[C20: from the competition to stake claims to available land in 19th-century America]

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