I. noun (plural turfs; also turves) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German zurba turf, Sanskrit darbha tuft of grass Date: before 12th century 1. a. the upper stratum of soil bound by grass and plant roots into a thick mat; also a piece of this b. an artificial substitute for this (as on a playing field) c. grass 3 2. a. peat 2 b. a piece of peat dried for fuel 3. a. a track or course for horse racing b. the sport or business of horse racing 4. a. territory considered by a teenage gang to be under its control b. territory 2 <
have to play two of the last three games on hostile turf — Joe Klein
in chapter two, the author is on unfamiliar turf
; also a sphere of activity or influence <
people who could hurt him on his own foreign-policy turfWall Street Journal
turfy adjective II. transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. to cover with turf 2. chiefly British to eject forcibly ; kick — usually used with out

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