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scorched-earth policy

[ skawrcht-urth ]
/ ˈskɔrtʃtˈɜrθ /
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noun
a military practice of devastating the property and agriculture of an area before abandoning it to an advancing enemy.
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Origin of scorched-earth policy

1935–40; apparently translation of Chinese jiāotǔ zhèngcè

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British Dictionary definitions for scorched-earth policy

scorched earth policy

noun
the policy in warfare of removing or destroying everything that might be useful to an invading enemy, esp by fire
commerce a manoeuvre by a company expecting an unwelcome takeover bid in which apparent profitability is greatly reduced by a reversible operation, such as borrowing at an exorbitant interest rate
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