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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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Although entitled Turf Wars by the BBC, the series will be named Saddle Soap when it is shown on RTE later in the year.
In many instances, new channel sales have missed targets; organizational turf wars have erupted over customer control; agents have revolted against the new channels; operational and technology impediments have handicapped execution; and customers have received varying levels of service by channel.
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As a doctor myself, I see daily the victims of drug turf wars, dirty needles, and the mass incarceration of poor blacks and Hispanics in expensive taxpayer-funded schools of crime.
Just like that, De La Hoya became the undisputed junior middleweight champion and won one of the hottest turf wars the sport has ever seen.
The five, including Scot Alexander Mitchell, were arrested in 2000 but have yet to face trial over their alleged involvement in turf wars in the kingdom's illegal booze trade.
ALLEGATIONS designed to involve the wife of First Minister Jack McConnell in "Officegate" have been exposed in the media but shown that turf wars and power struggles in the Scottish Labour Party have reached the level of "gutter" politics.
Interethnic turf wars and the absurdity of racial classification
They were described as accounting relics that introduce divisional turf wars and generally fail to create real value.
Typical pitfalls in any large organization, explains Kramer, include compartmentalizing or hoarding information, avoiding political hot potato issues, engaging in turf wars, and passing off responsibility to others.
The solution to gangland differences, and certainly drugs turf wars, is execution.
Shootings linked to crack cocaine turf wars are fast becoming the country's biggest crime problem, the Government's senior police advisor has warned.
This result is an eruption of turf wars that has led to a nearly 20 percent jump in gang-related crime in the San Fernando Valley during the first three months of 2002, with 20 of the area's 31 homicides through Friday linked to gangs.