Well, sir, the next week I found him stealing my turf again!

Telephassa bade him sit down on the turf beside her, and then she took his hand.

Where have you lived, my lady, all your life, not to know a turf stack when you see it?

The origin of these turf monuments is still a matter of controversy.

But light be the turf upon his breast who taught "Reverence thyself!"

But, dearest Lady Madeleine, think of dancing on the turf, and I feel so well!

Nobody, however, now thinks of the bodies that once slept under that turf.

Mrs. Ray still sat before the turf fire and gazed into it in silence.

Going to a turf pit, he dipped both hands in the dub, and brought some water.

The scars of the turf were still unhealed, and the glist of the spade was on the grass.


Old English turf, tyrf "slab of soil and grass," also "surface of grassland," from Proto-Germanic *turb- (cf. Old Norse torf, Danish tørv, Old Frisian turf, Old High German zurba, German Torf), from PIE root *drbh- (cf. Sanskrit darbhah "tuft of grass").

French tourbe "turf" is a Germanic loan-word. The Old English plural was identical with the singluar, but in Middle English turves sometimes was used. Slang meaning "territory claimed by a gang" is attested from 1953 in Brooklyn, N.Y.; earlier it had a jive talk sense of "the street, the sidewalk" (1930s), which is attested in hobo use from 1899, and before that "the work and venue of a prostitute" (1860). Turf war is recorded from 1962.



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