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  • noun law A placeholder name of a fictitious or hypothetical estate in land commonly used by professors of law in common law jurisdictions, particularly in the area of real property, to discuss the rights of various parties to a piece of land.


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  • Residents at the Amity nursing home in Greenacre are hooked on a new pastime: Nintendo Wii.

    Wii Replaces Knitting in Nursing Home | Impact Lab 2007

  • [Page 163] failed, he should have the journals returned to him, "in case they might be of use to him in the Ecclesiastical or other Courts" – this stipulation and implied threat being within three months after writing the "Greenacre" letters!

    English Laws for Women in the Nineteenth Century 1854

  • When the letters signed "Greenacre," and others, were shown by Sir John Bayley to Lord Wynford, the latter expressed himself in the strongest and most contemptuous terms with respect to his former ward; and finally – for the express purpose of being shown to Mr Norton, – he wrote the following note; the original of which is in my possession.

    English Laws for Women in the Nineteenth Century 1854

  • A most absurd and false impression was given by Mrs Norton as to my signature of "Greenacre;" the joke involved in such a signature was but a poor one, but she forgets to state that it originated with herself, by her adopting, in her letters to me, the name of "Hannah Brown."

    English Laws for Women in the Nineteenth Century 1854

  • Oh, I say, has a man called Greenacre been here at any time? "

    The Town Traveller George Gissing 1880

  • "Greenacre," his lordship kept repeating, "I trust you implicitly.

    The Town Traveller George Gissing 1880

  • They wouldn't have the papers if you'd give them to 'em—'specially when they knows your Greenacre didn't sell so well as might have been expected; but, you see, he came too close after Pegsworth, and that took the shine off Greenacre.

    James Catnach, Ballad-monger, Part 2 Steve 2009

  • Whatever young Greenacre did the others would do after him.

    Barchester Towers 2004

  • As to the quintain, it became more popular among the boys on foot than it would ever have been among the men on horseback, even had young Greenacre been more successful.

    Barchester Towers 2004

  • Greenacre at the end of a long table in the paddock is easy enough, but where will you put Mrs. Lookaloft, whose husband, though a tenant on the estate, hunts in a red coat, whose daughters go to a fashionable seminary in Barchester, who calls her farm-house

    Barchester Towers 2004


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