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  • n. The act or general practice of occupying a building or land illegally.
  • v. Present participle of squat.

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  • n. exercising by repeatedly assuming a crouching position with the knees bent; strengthens the leg muscles
  • n. the act of assuming or maintaining a crouching position with the knees bent and the buttocks near the heels


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  • We hear also that the people have already in many instances exhibited that propensity common to the habits of common life, which we call squatting, and to which we have always looked forward as one of the evils likely to accompany their emancipation, and calling for the earliest and most serious attention of our Legislature.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • Never once was the blind man impatient, while he spent hours each day in squatting on his hams and petting Jerry.


  • I later found out this was called 'squatting,' and it had been done successfully by other very low-income families and later transformed through several forms of resistance into something called 'homesteading.'

    Steve Heilig: Poverty: The Most Common Crime?

  • Brandjacking/Twitter-squatting is an important subject.

    Being Don Draper « Innovation Cloud

  • Brandjacking/social media squatting is certainly a serious issue from the POV of users being mis-led or even robbed; but as the Isakson case (and many others) demonstrate, openness and flexibility can have huge benefits, and these can flow in many directions.

    Being Don Draper « Innovation Cloud

  • We've already talked about people walking away from underwater mortgages, but it looks like good ol' fashioned long-term squatting might be back in vogue, since there is now plenty of property to walk in to.

    Nick Mamatas' Journal

  • Amen, I absolutely hate domain squatting and the like.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Did you know, is “Your online information and resource portal”?

  • As to the name squatting thing, yes, these guys are trying to get away with robbery, but just about everyody is a little bit at fault here.

    A Couple iPhone Apps Named “Twitter” Are Tricking Users

  • Kopp and Benjamin squatting behind us with a man who had a wireless receiving-box strapped to his shoulders.

    Homage to Catalonia

  • I ought here to explain an American law relative to what is termed squatting, that is, taking possession of land belonging to government and cultivating it: such was the custom of the back-woodsmen, and, for want of this law, it often happened that after they had cultivated a farm, the land would be applied for and purchased by some speculator, who would forcibly eject the occupant, and take possession of the improved property.

    Diary in America, Series One


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