to be a matter of turf


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--Today, in big cities, it is likely to be a matter of turf (neighborhood streets) over which rival gangs sometimes fight.
  • sdgraham

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    USA English
    As an added note, we often refer to such things informally as "turf wars."
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    turf war n informal
    1. a dispute between criminals or gangs over the right to operate within a particular area
    2. any dispute in which one party seeks to obtain increased rights or influence