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scorched earth

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scorched earth

noun phrase

: Scorched Earth: a self-destructive strategy in which a company seeks to discourage a takeover by making itself less attractive

[1990s+ Business; translation of Chinese jiaotu, describing the 1930s strategy adopted in defense against the invasion by Japan, under which retreating troops destroyed everything useful]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • There came a jar as it touched the scorched earth at the foot of the Queen's fins.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • Over the circle of scorched earth Lord heard the sound of their voices.

    Impact Irving E. Cox

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