scorched-earth

adjective
\ˈskȯrcht-ˈərth \

Definition of scorched-earth 

1 : relating to or being a military policy involving deliberate and usually widespread destruction of property and resources (such 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

First Known Use of scorched-earth

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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scorched-earth

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English Language Learners 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

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