slash-and-burn

adjective

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Slash-and-burn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slash-and-burn. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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slash-and-burn

adjective

English Language Learners 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

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