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turf war

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

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A contention over the rights to a certain activity, location, etc: We get eye-glazing accounts of turf wars between the Council on Economic Policy and the Commission on International Trade and Economic Policy/ Faget suspected a turf battle for control of the Mercury program (1950s+)

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