adjective \ˈskrcht-ˈərth\

—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

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

First Known Use of SCORCHED-EARTH



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