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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. 2018.
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  • From this the land-grabber understood that he planted again at his peril.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson
  • 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
  • And as he gazed, almost sorrowfully, at the land-grabber, he puffed enjoyably at Carey's cigar.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • "Take him away" panted Carey, on the instant that Sam Singer, with a peculiar low guttural cry, sprang upon the land-grabber.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • 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
  • The land-grabber—the parasite who had lived only to destroy—looked up at Bob McGraw.

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

  • Pennsylvania accused our royal governor of being a land-grabber and the catspaw or partner of land-speculators.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • In consequence Connell was regarded by the National League here as a ‘land-grabber.’

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