landgrab

landgrab

(ˈlændˌɡræb)
n
informal a sudden attempt to establish ownership of or copyright on something in advance of competitors
[C20: from the competition to stake claims to available land in 19th-century America]
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Councillors Andrew Cooper and Karen Allison have already met with many residents furious at the landgrab being proposed on gardens they have cared for over many years.
In response, these established occupiers have continued to consolidate their portfolios and, far from the landgrab of the mid-2000s, now tend to favour one large store in a big town or city location rather than a number of suburban smaller outlets.
Global mining boom is leading to landgrab, says report.
No wonder that when the current Tory administration said they wanted to talk to the people on the estate about "regeneration", residents immediately suspected a landgrab.
It is ironic that they are so very fearful of a Zimbabwe-style landgrab since many of their ancestors were not adverse to grabbing a bit of land themselves.
Two important developments have taken place in the legal campaign to ensure that Zimbabwe is unable to escape its international law obligations arising from its violent landgrab campaign.
ece ("Because of so many companies' interest in Poland, "[t]here is a landgrab under way" in Poland with several major energy companies investing in the shale gas industry in Poland.
Lift London will also develop games for platforms beyond Windows 8 and Xbox such as Android, Amazon and Apple s iOS as Microsoft bids to make a landgrab for the cloud-based gaming ecosystem.
Given the financial incentives of better access to personal data, we are likely to see many 'pretend' VRM services whose sales pitch promises personal information empowerment but whose real business model is a new, more sophisticated personal data landgrab.
Mornings at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival begin with a blast of bagpipes, as campers flood the gates in a Landgrab.
Rahil added he had been able to stop landgrab since he took over as NVDA director two month ago.
With Asda and Morrisons pulling out of the running for Iceland - the last grocery retail landgrab - there are no easy ways to pick up market share at the moment, as Tesco's lowest market share in seven years amply demonstrated this week.