Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for an artificial grasslike ground covering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A synthetic material used in sports grounds as a durable substitute for grass.

Etymologies

From its namesake trademark (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "AstroTurf" - not real grassroots - only when citizens oppose the kind of big government they favor?

    www.appeal-democrat.com - News :

  • "We call it AstroTurf, it's not really a grass-roots movement," she said.

    Occupy AstroTurf

  • And that's the literal meaning, and then, in the early 1900s, we got the grass roots -- and, of course, recently, we have AstroTurf, which is pseudo grass roots.

    America In So Many Words

  • Once dismissed as "AstroTurf" - a term of derision meant to cast doubt on the grassroots claims of its adherents - the Tea Partiers have proved to be an enduring movement that reshaped Congress in the 2010 elections and already has been a force for both candidates and themes in the 2012 GOP presidential field, Russo said.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • They've accused Americans who are anxious and angry about a rapidly encroaching government of being racists, extremists, birthers, pawns of a corporate "AstroTurf" effort and, now, potential Timothy McVeighs.

    The Violence Card

  • First it was "AstroTurf" (i.e., fake grass-roots).

    'Populism of the Privileged'

  • Last summer Pelosi was dismissing the tea party as "AstroTurf" (Beltway jargon for a phony grass-roots movement) and even insinuating that tea partiers were Nazis.

    Transformers: Robots in Disguise

  • As these "AstroTurf" organizations sprouted up, progressive operatives and bloggers scrambled to link them to big business and political players in Washington.

    Chris Harris: ConservativeTransparency.org: Peeling Off Conservatives' AstroTurf Mask

  • They call these events "AstroTurf," arguing these events aren't coming from the grassroots but from old Republican Party bosses -- Kiran.

    CNN Transcript Apr 15, 2009

  • - Bob Hoskins discusses how "AstroTurf" will ruin baseball.

    The Movie Goofs List Version 2.0 by Murray Chapman

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