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An acrimonious dispute between rival groups over territory or a particular sphere of influence.
- ‘They said the attacks were linked to a turf war between rival western bootleggers over the lucrative illicit alcohol market.’
- ‘It is a place where Action Man fights a turf war with Barbie.’
- ‘Detectives believe the four were the victims of a deadly turf war between two rival gangs who opened fire at the back of the salon.’
- ‘The turf war for control of betting revenues in Australia's biggest State is turning nasty.’
- ‘Over the past decade, they have been waging a violent turf war in Quebec with a rival biker group - the Rock Machine - for control of the state's billion-dollar drug trade.’
- ‘The feud is the result of a long-standing turf war between the two groups to control the North's drug trade and extortion rackets.’
- ‘From where I sit, the root of all of this is a simple turf war, and it comes from a clash of two cultures.’
- ‘Ahmed's killing was just one episode of a bloody turf war between violent drug gangs supplying heroin and cocaine in Keighley.’
- ‘His good friend C Jay was gunned down here last July in a turf war between rival gangs after walking his girlfriend home late one night.’
- ‘In 1929 New York, Bugsy Malone's love life gets complicated when he becomes involved in a turf war between rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan.’
- ‘Rival gangs roaming the streets, engaged in a lucrative turf war over who supplies a population hooked on an expensive habit.’
- ‘Police believe they were victims of a turf war between rival gangs.’
- ‘A continuing feud between young Travellers and the local community is at the centre of the conflict, amid claims of a turf war over drugs.’
- ‘The industrial action has exposed a turf war between unions at the mills, with workers from three unions involved in the dispute.’
- ‘Up to 70 teenage tearaways from rival gangs are terrorising residents and business owners in a turf war for Hawkell, a councillor has claimed.’
- ‘There was a fierce turf war between the news department and current affairs, which was born out of the old ‘talks department’.’
- ‘Where you have a boundary, you have a turf war; and if you erase the boundary, you lose diversity and competition, and with it the power of intelligent control.’
- ‘We never regarded them as our rivals - they weren't in our league, and they never dared confront us in a turf war.’
- ‘The seizure will be a blow to the gang, which is engaged in a deadly turf war with a rival outfit in the area.’
- ‘It's a ridiculous caper about the ongoing turf war between rival gangs of housewives who are out for blood, as long as the carpets have been Scotch-Guarded.’
1970s: from the notion of a war over turf in the informal sense area regarded as personal territory (originally the area controlled by, for example, a street gang or criminal).
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