a turf war

a turf war

  (American)
a fight or an argument to decide who controls an area or an activity The recent shootings in the city are part of a turf war between two competing gangs.
See also: turf, war
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So the Panorama City Graffiti Busters just keep going, waging a turf war they know they can't win, but one they can't afford to quit fighting, either.
DONALD Dewar and John Reid buried the hatchet yesterday in their first public show of unity since rumours of a turf war surfaced.
Later he said there was "no foundation" to rumours of a turf war.