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scorched–earth

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adjective \ˈskȯrcht-ˈərth\

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. 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. 2 :  directed toward victory or supremacy at all costs :  ruthless <scorched–earth rhetoric>

1937

First Known Use of scorched–earth

1937


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