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turf war

noun (informal)
1.
a dispute between criminals or gangs over the right to operate within a particular area
2.
any dispute in which one party seeks to obtain increased rights or influence
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Contemporary definitions for turf war
noun

a dispute over territory claimed by opposing groups or people

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Slang definitions & phrases for turf war

turf

noun
  1. The sidewalk; the street (1930s+ Jive talk)
  2. The territory claimed or controlled by a street gang: I tried to imagine my Deacons pacing the turf or talking about me (1953+ Street gang)
  3. A particular specialized concern; thing: Counterterrorism is not their exclusive turf/ I never thought of myself as pretty, that was my sister's turf (1970+)
verb

To transfer a patient to another ward or service in order to evade responsibility, decisions, irritations, etc (1970s+ Medical)

[turf, ''the road,'' in the first sense is found in hobo use by 1899]


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