Turf definition

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A piece cut from a layer of earth or sod.
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(chiefly british slang) To throw out, as from a place or position; eject.
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Turf is defined as to cover with earth, plants, sod or peat.

An example of turf is to change a cemented area into grass.

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A piece of peat that is burned for use as fuel.
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A surface layer of earth containing a dense growth of grass and its matted roots; sod.
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An artificial substitute for such a grassy layer, as on a playing field.
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The range of the authority or influence of a person, group, or thing; a bailiwick.
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A geographical area; a territory.
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The area claimed by a gang, as of youths, as its personal territory.
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A racetrack.
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The sport or business of racing horses.
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To spread with turf.

Turfed the front yard.

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(slang) To kill.
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Peat, or a piece of it for use as fuel.
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A track for horse racing; also, the sport of horse racing.
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A surface layer of earth containing grass plants with their matted roots; sod; sward.
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A neighborhood area regarded by a street gang as its own territory to be defended against other gangs.
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One's own territory or domain.
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To cover with turf.
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A layer of earth covered with grass; sod.
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A piece of such a layer cut from the soil and used to make a lawn.
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(Ireland) A sod of peat used as fuel.
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(slang) The territory claimed by a person, gang, etc. as their own.
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To create a lawn by laying turfs.
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(business) To cancel a project or product.

The company turfed the concept car because the prototype performed poorly.

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Turf is defined as a surface or layer of the Earth with grass plants, sod or peat, or the space for a horse race, or slang for someone's home territory.

An example of turf is a patch of lawn.

An example of turf is a baseball team's home field.

An example of turf is the area that a gang sees as their own.

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(chiefly brit.) A piece of this layer.
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(Ultimate Frisbee) To throw a frisbee well short of its intended target, usually causing it to hit the ground within 10 yards of its release.
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(business) To fire from a job or dismiss from a task.

Eight managers were turfed after the merger of the two companies.

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turf out
  • to throw out; remove, discard, dismiss, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
turf
Plural:
turves, turfs

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of turf

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English turf, torf, from Old English turf (“turf, sod, soil, piece of grass covered earth, greensward"), from Proto-Germanic *turbaz (“turf, lawn"), from Proto-Indo-European *dorbh- (“tuft, grass"). Cognate with Dutch turf (“turf"), Low German torf (“turf"), German dialectal Turbe (“turf"), German Torf (“peat, turf"), Swedish torf (“turf"), Icelandic torf (“turf"), Sanskrit [script?] (darbha, “a kind of grass").

    From Wiktionary