scorched earth policy


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scorched earth policy

n
1. (Military) the policy in warfare of removing or destroying everything that might be useful to an invading enemy, esp by fire
2. (Economics) commerce a manoeuvre by a company expecting an unwelcome takeover bid in which apparent profitability is greatly reduced by a reversible operation, such as borrowing at an exorbitant interest rate
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scorched earth policy

n (Mil) → Politik fder verbrannten Erde
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scorched earth policy

[ˌskɔːtʃtˈɜːθˌpɒlɪsɪ] ntattica del fare terra bruciata
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'They (Indian occupation forces) have adopted a scorched earth policy and are destroying houses, businesses, orchards and crops', he said.
When Lord Kitchener took over the British campaign in 1900, he launched a scorched earth policy.
| 1812: Napoleon entered Moscow, which had been abandoned by the Russians and their scorched earth policy. But winter was approaching and Napoleon soon had to retreat.
Jaish al-Islam, a main opposition group in the region, accused regime forces of carrying out a "scorched earth policy" as they progressed into the enclave.
Residents and opposition figures say the Syrian government and its allies are deliberately destroying infrastructure and paralysing life in what they describe as a "scorched earth policy" to force rebels to surrender.
He also denounced the use of the scorched earth policy to push the people to flee outside the living areas and forced displacement to make demographic changes in favor of the regime.
The Cabinet welcomed the statement issued by the Syrian National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces after a meeting it held in Riyadh to discuss the Syrian regime and its allies, "which impede the political process by pursuing a scorched earth policy in all parts of Syria, especially in Aleppo, in blatant defiance of the international and humanitarian law", added the minister.
Kerry accused Russia of turning a blind eye to Assad's use of chlorine gas and barrel bombs and suggested it was pursuing a scorched earth policy in place of diplomacy.
"The Assad regime and with direct participation of its ally Russia and Iranian militias has escalated its criminal and vicious attack on our people in Aleppo employing a scorched earth policy to destroy the city and uproot its people," a statement signed by 30 mainstream rebel groups said on Sunday.
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The SPLM-N says the Sudanese war planes target areas inhabited by civilians and destroy crops as part of a scorched earth policy aiming to deprive the rebel of any support of local population.