turf Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “turf” in the English Dictionary

"turf" in British English

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uk   /tɜːf/  us   /tɝːf/

turf noun (GRASS)

[C or U] (plural turfs or UK turves) the ​surfacelayer of ​land on which ​grass is ​growing, consisting of the ​grass and the ​soil in which ​itsrootsgrow, or a ​piece of this that is ​cut from the ​ground and is usually ​rectangular

turf noun (HORSE RACING)

the turf [S] the ​sport of ​horseracing

turf noun (AREA)

[U] informal a ​subject in which a ​person or ​group has a lot of ​knowledge or ​influence: Antiques are very much her turf. [U] informal the ​area that a ​groupconsidersits own: Judges ​feel that the ​courtroom is ​theirprivate turf. The ​gymnasticsteamwon the ​championship on ​theirhome turf.

turfverb [T]

uk   /tɜːf/  us   /tɝːf/
to ​cover a ​piece of ​land with turf
(Definition of turf from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"turf" in American English

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turfnoun [U]

 us   /tɜrf/

turf noun [U] (GRASS)

a ​surfacelayer of ​land consisting of ​grass and the ​earth in which ​itsrootsgrow: Lush turf ​lined the river’s ​banks. Turf is also ​groundcover that ​looks like ​grass: artificial turf

turf noun [U] (AREA)

infml the ​area that a ​person or ​groupconsidersits own: Judges ​feel that the ​courtroom is ​theirprivate turf. The ​fight over high-definition TV ​standards has been a turf ​war among the ​electronics, ​motionpicture, and ​recordingindustries.
(Definition of turf from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"turf" in Business English

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turfnoun [U]

uk   us   /tɜːf/
an ​area of ​activity in which a ​person or ​company has a lot of ​knowledge and ​experience and which they believe belongs to them: By ​launching a ​line in beauty ​products they are ​challenging the bigger ​company on its own turf. It was an ​unproductivemeeting with everyone simply ​trying to defend their own turf.
come/go with the turf used to say that someone should ​accept something because it is a necessary ​part of what they are doing: In this ​jobcustomercomplaints come with the turf. Of the fierce ​mediaattention he says: 'It goes with the turf'.
on home turf in your own country, town, ​area, etc.: Export ​figures are good, but the ​company is ​losingsales on ​home turf.
(Definition of turf from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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