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English definition of “scorched-earth policy”

scorched-earth policy

noun [C usually singular]     /ˌskɔːtʃtˈɜːθˌpɒl.ə.si/ US  /ˌskɔːrtʃtˈɝːθˌpɑː.lə-/
the act of an army destroying everything in an area such as food , buildings , or equipment that could be useful to an enemy War
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