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 Defined for English Language Learners

slash-and-burn

Definition of slash-and-burn for English Language Learners

  • : 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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