land grab

or land-grab


the seizing of land by a nation, state, or organization, especially illegally, underhandedly, or unfairly.

Related forms

land-grab·ber, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for landgrab


/ (ˈlændˌɡræb) /


informal a sudden attempt to establish ownership of or copyright on something in advance of competitors

Word Origin for landgrab

C20: from the competition to stake claims to available land in 19th-century America
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