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slash–and–burn

adjective

: 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

Full Definition of SLASH-AND-BURN

1
:  characterized or developed by felling and burning trees to clear land especially for temporary agriculture
2
:  extremely ruthless and unsparing <slash–and–burn tactics> <slash–and–burn criticism>

First Known Use of SLASH-AND-BURN

1939

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