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empire building

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noun
  1. the plans, activities, achievements, etc., of an empire builder.

Origin of empire building

First recorded in 1895–1900
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  • The historic and time-honored art of empire-building is the only art they know.

  • This gives him an advantage in such pursuits as athletics and empire-building.

    The Joyful Heart

    Robert Haven Schauffler

  • It feeds on strange things like empire-building on a Balkan dung-heap, and purity, and—oh, all sorts of things.'

  • What a privilege it is to meet such men and take a peep through their wise eyes at the fascinating game of empire-building!

  • I'd a hope it meant something connected with Empire-building, and then Otty could have scored off him.

    Foe-Farrell

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch