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

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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