turf war

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turf war

1. An ongoing fight among factions, often criminal ones, attempting to control a particular territory (i.e. their "turf"). The neighborhood has been torn apart by the turf war between the two gangs.
2. By extension, a dispute or hostile environment among persons or factions competing for a particular position, or influence in a particular area. Primarily heard in US. The school newspaper has become the scene of a turf war among several ambitious students who all want to add "editor" to their college applications. The electoral map has become nothing more than a diagram of the turf war between the two parties.
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.