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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. 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

a ˈturf war

(informal) an argument or a dispute about who owns or controls an area: Street violence has escalated as a result of a turf war between rival neighbourhood gangs.Turf wars are inevitable when two departments are merged.
In informal language, your turf is the place where you live and/or work, especially when you think of it as your own.
See also: turf, war
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The form of that race has been working out well and Turf War is entitled to have progressed from his first run since October.
Owner Mark Banks said he was carrying the knotted sock with weights inside it because he had been caught up in a series of turf wars between rival ice creammen.
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Authorities believe that the turf war between the Kobe-based Yamaguchi-gumi and the Tokyo-based Sumiyoshi-kai is likely to wind down now that the reconciliation has been reached, but they will keep close watch over the two syndicates' movements, the sources said.
The public story promoted by the administration was that the resignation was the result of a turf war.
Writing from a political scientist's perspective, Lynch claims that the story of the turf war itself is both more complex and more important.
Like a tsunami is produced by a shift in tectonic plates deep under the sea, the kidnappings reflect a turf war that is taking place between rival drug cartels, which in Mexico have the status of quasi-state organizations.
Gunmen shot two men in a smoke shop and a third while he read a newspaper in his car in separate attacks yesterday, as a crime clan's turf war continues to bloody the Naples area, state TV said.
The murders were earned out by local commanders as part of a turf War and are known to the Afghan government.
The Ports Authority (overseer of Luis Munoz Marin International Airport) and Empresas Santana, an airport services provider with a virtual monopoly on everything at the airport, are locked in a turf war that may lead them into court--again, reports The San Juan Star (January 10, 2000).
The suburban turf war will be won only by the newspaper company that:
A UVF turf war has broken out in a quiet housing estate, leaving residents terrified.
Three heavily tattooed men were shot dead Thursday morning in Manila near the National Museum in what police believe to be a turf war between rival drug groups.
Sources claimed his suspension comes as a bitter turf war rages inside the party.
Summary: The Sharjah Court of Appeal on Thursday adjourned the hearing in the appeal case of 17 Indians who were awarded death penalty in a bootlegging turf war, to May 19.