: 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]
Every day now, SSP sees more bomb craters, burned villages, and scorched earth in Sudan.
Since then, Hands has pretty much taken a scorched earth approach to EMI.
At the same time, it has escalated the tempo of aerial bombardment and resumed its scorched earth campaign against civilians.
With little to lose, Dewhurst has gone increasingly negative and waged a scorched earth campaign.
And we would imagine how long it took for the scorched earth to transform into a field where something new had grown.
“scorched earth,” historically, means destroying land to deprive the encroaching enemy of its use.
When the burn is finished, the hills have a brown-green glow of fresh grass peeking from scorched earth.