- a person who seizes land illegally or underhandedly.
Origin of land-grabber
An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for land-grabber
From this the land-grabber understood that he planted again at his peril.The Fijians
He pulled back the lapel of his coat, and the land-grabber saw the butt of a gun nestling under his left arm.
And as he gazed, almost sorrowfully, at the land-grabber, he puffed enjoyably at Carey's cigar.
"Take him away" panted Carey, on the instant that Sam Singer, with a peculiar low guttural cry, sprang upon the land-grabber.
But Benton was not a land-grabber, whether in the interest of slavery or of mere jingoism.