scorched-earth policy


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scorched-earth policy

(skôrcht′ûrth′)
n.
The policy of devastating all land and buildings in the course of advancing or retreating troops so as to leave nothing salvageable to the enemy.
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Noun1.scorched-earth policy - the target company defends itself by selling off its crown jewels
porcupine provision, shark repellent - a measure undertaken by a corporation to discourage unwanted takeover attempts
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Colonel Miguel Mejia has taken a scorched-earth policy, discovering, tracking down, and eliminating the members of a new terrorist organization, the Sons of Liberty.
Grabus was in Bosnia during the war, and witnessed the scorched-earth policy of Karadzic and his fellow generals.
"There are thousands of civilians who have been forcibly displaced following a scorched-earth policy in which the parties to the conflict are attacking the villages, torching the homes, killing civilians and raping women and girls," Clapham stated.
The French officer, who is involved in framework of the coalition in massacres committed by coalition against innocent Syrian civilians, talked about the scorched-earth policy followed by the coalition, stressing that this policy has led to a significant increase in the number of civilian deaths and destruction in Syrian cities.
We have a unique opportunity to build a new future for the country, but a scorched-earth policy to the infrastructure that has supported British (and Welsh) jobs and businesses is not the way to do it.
While Monarch remains open to engaging in further discussions toward a consensual agreement, Resolute's failure to communicate with Monarch over the last month with respect to our proposed steps suggests that it has embarked on an ill-advised scorched-earth policy that is not in the best interests of the Company's stockholders and reflects an entrenched Board.
Opposition Jaish Al-Islam (Army of Islam) said the opposition forces had to retreate in Eastern Ghouta after the regime troops used the scorched-earth policy. It vowed to retaliate.
The army turned to a scorched-earth policy, killing animals, burning crops, uprooting fruit trees, destroying towns, massacring their people.
"The risk he faces by engaging in a scorched-earth policy is that he activates people rather than turning them off," said Michael McDonald, who runs the U.S.
THERE has to be a scorched-earth policy as far as the re-bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is concerned.