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[land-grab-er] /ˈlændˌgræb ər/
a person who seizes land illegally or underhandedly.
Origin of land-grabber
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But Benton was not a land-grabber, whether in the interest of slavery or of mere jingoism.

  • The word "land-grabber" has been passed to him by German and Sinn Fein propaganda, and he merely parrots it forth.

    A Straight Deal Owen Wister
  • Pennsylvania accused our royal governor of being a land-grabber and the catspaw or partner of land-speculators.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • The land-grabber—the parasite who had lived only to destroy—looked up at Bob McGraw.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • He pulled back the lapel of his coat, and the land-grabber saw the butt of a gun nestling under his left arm.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • In consequence Connell was regarded by the National League here as a ‘land-grabber.’

  • It's a favorite trick of our anti-British friends to call England a "land-grabber."

    A Straight Deal Owen Wister
  • Not in the style o' that land-grabber Heckshill, nor that peart newspaper man, neither.

  • If a man had not taken land himself, he might have worked for some one who had, or bought cattle from a land-grabber.

  • Your plant is a land-grabber of Rob Roy proclivities; it believes in a fair fight and no favour.

    Science in Arcady Grant Allen

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