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squat

to occupy land or property without title or authority. Many systems give some protection to squatters even if only to the extent of requiring judicial process for removal.
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It waddled in on its ten short legs, and squatted down before the girl like an obedient puppy.
However, he spoke soothingly to the animal who squatted at the Russian's side looking first at one and then another of the sailors.
as I came in, and my Ape-man stood in the dim light of the doorway and held out a split cocoa-nut to me as I crawled into the other corner and squatted down.
They would have wrung their hands in despair, but, attempting to do so, grew all the more desperate for seeing themselves squatted on their hams, and pawing the air with their fore trotters.
The latter was squatted on his buffalo robe, his strong features and red skin glaring in the broad light of a blazing fire, while he recounted astounding tales of the bloody exploits of his tribe and himself in their wars with the Pawnees; for there are no old soldiers more given to long campaigning stories than Indian "braves.
His rest was broken, and when he fell asleep the nightmare, in shape of a huge money bag, sat squatted upon his breast.
When this commotion had a little subsided, the principal chief squatted once more before me, and throwing himself into a sudden rage, poured forth a string of philippics, which I was at no loss to understand, from the frequent recurrence of the word Happar, as being directed against the natives of the adjoining valley.
There was one or two Frenchmen that squatted in the flats further west, and married squaws; and some of the Scotch- Irishers, from the Cherry Valley, would come on to the lake, and borrow my canoe to take a mess of parch, or drop a line for salmon- trout; but, in the main, it was a cheerful place, and I had but little to disturb me in it.
An old man then came forward with the pipe of peace or good- fellowship, lighted and handed it to the chief, and then falling back, squatted himself near the door.
But at the end of a quarter of an hour, dropping his eyes, he perceived a small pug-dog squatted upon the path near his feet--a diminutive but very perfect specimen of its interesting species.