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expropriate

something (from someone or something) (for someone or something) to seize something from someone or something for someone or something. The government expropriated the land from the peasants for an airfield. They expropriated land for a highway. They expropriated land from the farmers.
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Indeed, it is tempting to see "Will Varner" not simply as the latest in a series of otherwise anonymous expropriators but as the allegorical incarnation of the successive agonistic wills that constitute the restless motor of history under a thin varnish or veneer of legality.
In the fullness of time these workers would rise up and expropriate the expropriators.
The fight of the Mexicanos' Gorras Blancas (White Caps) movement, engaging in direct action to cut fences placed on their land, was comparable to the mythification of Billy, perceived as fighting against the common enemy of Anglo expropriators (land speculators, cattle growers, railroads) and the courts promoting such interests.
His Gulliverian adventures of a clandestine intellectual and clumsy worker in the land of the proletariat start with the young man's conviction that De Gaulle's France was ruled by an army of expropriators protected by the fascist police of a dictatorial regime.
Where the rugged, middle-class individual beset with burdensome regulation is supposed to be, you will generally find a belligerent self-styled libertarian who rejected a generous compromise and repeatedly violated regulations, or a coalition of wealthy expropriators of taxpayers' property bent on extending their reach into the public trough.
on the Arab population that the Zionists were their friends and helpers, not their expellers and expropriators .