Definition of turf war noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


turf war

BrE BrE//ˈtɜːf wɔː(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrf wɔːr//
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a violent disagreement between two groups of people about who should control a particular area, activity or business a vicious turf war between rival gangs of drug dealers Word Origin1970s: from the notion of a war over turf in the informal sense ‘area regarded as personal territory’ (originally the area controlled by, for example, a street gang or criminal).
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