a layer of matted earth formed by grass and plant roots.
peat, especially as material for fuel.
a block or piece of peat dug for fuel.
the neighborhood over which a street gang asserts its authority.
a familiar area, as of residence or expertise: Denver is her turf. When you talk literature you're getting into my turf.
Chiefly British. a piece cut or torn from the surface of grassland; sod.
the track over which horse races are run.
the practice or sport of racing horses.
- turfless, adjective
- turflike, adjective
- re·turf, verb (used with object)
- un·turfed, adjective
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How to use turf in a sentence
By adapting Cash App to provide payroll services, Square is poised to muscle onto the turf of ADP and other HR giants.
These are struggles over ministerial appointments and over control of turf in the security landscape of Tripoli.
For the acorn woodpecker, turf wars aren’t just violent and potentially fatal—they’re a spectator sport.Blood, death, and eye gouging: welcome to the world of acorn woodpeckers | Kate Baggaley | September 9, 2020 | Popular-Science
There’s a sort of turf war between Hong Kong and its sister bourses on the mainland.Jefferies strategist expects China to fulfill its U.S. trade deal commitments for an unexpected reason | Veta Chan | August 27, 2020 | Fortune
The turf war is not limited to the subscription side of the industry.
New York—and Brooklyn in particular—was familiar turf for Brinsley.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish | M.L. Nestel | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Trotter had fewer resources but he was playing on home turf.
There might be some opportunities on trade and tax policy, but those will exist about 75 percent on Republican turf.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout | Michael Tomasky | November 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Democratic Party is defending more than a half-dozen seats on Republican-friendly turf.Dark Money Will Decide Which Party Controls the Senate | Center for Public Integrity | October 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Obama traveled to Tampa Wednesday to meet with Austin about the ISIS strategy on his own turf.Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check in the War Against ISIS? | Eli Lake, Josh Rogin | September 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But having chosen the Champs aux Capuchins, it was idle to expect that one stretch of turf would prove firmer than another.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Round this stood a colony of roughly-built huts, of mud, turf, or large blocks of the slate.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
In many respects like the Virginia planter, they differ somewhat in their taste in all that pertains to the turf and the field.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
At the same time, it is a notorious fact that he has had heavy losses at cards and on the turf, which may account for everything.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
The skull of a man grinned up at us, half sunk in the green turf, and the ends of ribs shewed how he to whom it had belonged lay.A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
British Dictionary definitions for turf
the surface layer of fields and pastures, consisting of earth containing a dense growth of grasses with their roots; sod
a piece cut from this layer, used to form lawns, verges, etc
a track, usually of grass or dirt, where horse races are run
horse racing as a sport or industry
US slang the territory or area of activity over which a person or group claims exclusive rights
an area of knowledge or influence: he's on home turf when it comes to music
another term for peat 1
go with the turf informal to be an unavoidable part of a particular situation or process
(tr) to cover with pieces of turf
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