turf war

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Phrase may have originated as a reference to the game of American football where two teams confront each other on a field of grass or turf.

Noun[edit]

turf war (plural turf wars)

  1. A dispute over territory between rival gangs.
  2. (idiomatic) A fight or confrontation between two divisions or parties for access to resources or capital.