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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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The females and young squatted in a thin line at the outer periphery of the circle, while just in front of them ranged the adult males.
Carthoris related all that had befallen him, and as the two men talked the great apes squatted about them watching them intently.
Here the ape-man arranged the garments upon his shaggy fellows and himself, until, at a distance, it might have appeared that three white-robed Arabs squatted silently among the branches of the forest.
he cried to the chief who squatted before the entrance to his circular hut.
As she passed a group of natives squatted nearby one of the number arose and approached her, and as she halted, half in fright, a low voice whispered:
We squatted down by the fire, and with heads bent forward on our knees, made believe to sleep.
In his council hall he was surrounded by the gravity of armed chiefs, while two long rows of old headmen dressed in cotton stuffs squatted on their heels, with idle arms hanging over their knees.
All her years she had squatted and waddled there upon the island, gathering legends of the Baratarians and the sea.
On the platform proper squatted an enormous warrior heavily loaded with metal ornaments, gay-colored feathers and beautifully wrought leather trappings ingeniously set with precious stones.