Pronunciation: (tûrf), [key]
—n., pl. turfs, (esp. Brit.) turves;
1. a layer of matted earth formed by grass and plant roots.
2. peat, esp. as material for fuel.
3. a block or piece of peat dug for fuel.
a. the neighborhood over which a street gang asserts its authority.
b. a familiar area, as of residence or expertise: Denver is her turf. When you talk literature you're getting into my turf.
5. Chiefly Brit.a piece cut or torn from the surface of grassland; sod.
6. the turf,
a. the track over which horse races are run.
b. the practice or sport of racing horses.
1. to cover with turf or sod.
2. Brit. Slang.to remove from a desirable office or position; expel; kick out: He was turfed from leadership of the group.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.