scorched-earth

adjective
\ ˈskȯrcht-ˈərth How to pronounce scorched-earth (audio) \

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scorched-earth. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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