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land grab

noun
1.
the seizing of land by a nation, state, or organization, especially illegally, underhandedly, or unfairly.
Also, land-grab.
Related forms
land-grabber, noun
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landgrab

/ˈlændˌɡræb/
noun
1.
(informal) a sudden attempt to establish ownership of or copyright on something in advance of competitors
Word Origin
C20: from the competition to stake claims to available land in 19th-century America
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