from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who grabs or seizes land; one who gets possession of another's land by trick or device, or by force; especially, one who possesses himself of public land by means contrary to the spirit of the law; one who seizes large tracts of land rapaciously and unfairly.
  • n. Specifically, in Ireland, one who buys or rents land from which another has been evicted.


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  • Since he has extended his operations from his native country to our own free soil the land-grabber should be examined under the microscope of history analytically, impartially, and truthfully.

    Black and White

  • But suppose that all the land is bought up by one land-grabber; and there will only be one huge plot and one huge placard.

    G.K.'s Weekly - More Hints on Free Speech

  • The unnaturalized foreigner threatens us with other dangers than those which would be created by our indigenous American land-grabber.

    Black and White

  • The Reliance group has also become the largest land-grabber in India, using governments to forcibly acquire hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile farmland at a thousandth of the market price.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • "We are not prepared to rent land -- we want to own it," successful land-grabber Pieter Dickens told Reuters in an interview.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Scotch interloper, agent, middleman, or "land-grabber," but the representative of one of the oldest, most honourable, and, I may add, till recently most honoured families in the county, with his hand on the pistol which is never out of his reach by day or night.

    Disturbed Ireland Being the Letters Written During the Winter of 1880-81.

  • If a man had not taken land himself, he might have worked for some one who had, or bought cattle from a land-grabber.

    The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886

  • "Take him away" panted Carey, on the instant that Sam Singer, with a peculiar low guttural cry, sprang upon the land-grabber.

    The Long Chance

  • "That was your mortgage" the land-grabber said wonderingly.

    The Long Chance

  • As the land-grabber lurched from the impact of that terrific slap,

    The Long Chance


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