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turf  (tûrf)
n. pl. turfs also turves (tûrvz)
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. Slang
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 (Harpers).
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 displace or eject.
3. Slang To kill: These guys cant . . . make sure nobody gets turfed (Scott Turow).

[Middle English, from Old English.]

turfy adj.

turf  /trf/  n. [C;U] 1 sod, grass with roots and earth: The turf on golf courses is fertilized and watered. 2 infrml.fig. ones territory, area of authority: The dog does not like anyone to come into his turf. turf

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