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slash–and–burn

adjective

Simple Definition of slash–and–burn

  • : done by cutting down and burning trees and plants in order to clear an area of land and grow crops on it for usually a brief time

  • : using extremely harsh methods

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of slash–and–burn

  1. 1 :  characterized or developed by felling and burning trees to clear land especially for temporary agriculture

  2. 2 :  extremely ruthless and unsparing <slash–and–burn tactics> <slash–and–burn criticism>

1939

First Known Use of slash–and–burn

1939


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