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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for land-grabber

Historical Examples of land-grabber

  • 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.