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scorched-earth policy
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scorched-earth policy


She was beginning to wonder how useful her scorched-earth policy had been to her all these years.
Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  a military tactic which involves destroying anything that might be useful to the enemy while advancing through or withdrawing from an area;

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in business:  a strategy used by a target company to defend itself from a hostile takeover by selling off valuable assets
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  • She was beginning to wonder how useful her scorched-earth policy had been to her all these years.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • (Hiroshima had 140,000 dead, Nagasaki 70,000.) The Japanese "loot all, kill all, burn all" scorched-earth policy in North China would eventually reduce the population from forty-four million to twenty-five million.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
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Associated words [difficulty]:   scorched-earth policy [9]
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