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turf

 (tûrf)
n. pl. turfs also turves (tûrvz)
1.
a. A surface layer of earth containing a dense growth of grass and its matted roots; sod.
b. An artificial substitute for such a grassy layer, as on a playing field.
2. A piece cut from a layer of earth or sod.
3. A piece of peat that is burned for use as fuel.
4. Informal
a. The range of the authority or influence of a person, group, or thing; a bailiwick: "a bureaucracy ... concerned with turf, promotions, the budget, and protecting the retirement system" (Harper's). See Synonyms at field.
b. A geographical area; a territory.
c. The area claimed by a gang, as of youths, as its personal territory.
5. Sports
a. A racetrack.
b. The sport or business of racing horses.
tr.v. turfed, turf·ing, turfs
1. To spread with turf: turfed the front yard.
2. Chiefly British Slang To throw out, as from a place or position; eject: "when Adam and Eve got turfed out of Eden" (Malachy McCourt).
3. Slang To kill: "These guys can't ... make sure nobody gets turfed" (Scott Turow).

[Middle English, from Old English.]

turf′y adj.
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turfy

(ˈtɜːfɪ)
adj, turfier or turfiest
1. (Botany) of, covered with, or resembling turf
2. (Horse Racing) relating to or characteristic of horse racing or persons connected with it
ˈturfiness n
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It lay very high upon a turfy down, and looking north-eastward before I entered it, I was surprised to see a large estuary, or even creek, where I judged Wandsworth and Battersea must once have been.
Made up with curls, wreaths, wings, white bismuth, and carmine, this hopeful young person soared into so pleasing a Cupid as to constitute the chief delight of the maternal part of the spectators; but in private, where his characteristics were a precocious cutaway coat and an extremely gruff voice, he became of the Turf, turfy.
Nothing lost, or out of order; not a picket loose in the fence, not a particle of litter in the turfy yard, with its clumps of lilac bushes growing up under the windows.