Simple Definition of scorched–earth
—used to describe a military policy in which all the houses, crops, factories, etc., in an area are destroyed so that an enemy cannot use them
Full Definition of scorched–earth
1 : relating to or being a military policy involving deliberate and usually widespread destruction of property and resources (as housing and factories) so that an invading enemy cannot use them
2 : directed toward victory or supremacy at all costs : ruthless <scorched–earth rhetoric>
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