land grab

or land-grab


noun

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

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land-grabber, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for land grab

landgrab
/ (ˈlændˌɡræb) /

noun

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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