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English definition of “slash-and-burn”

slash-and-burn

adjective     /ˌslæʃ.əndˈbɜːn/ US  /-ˈbɝːn/
relating to a type of farming that involves cutting and burning trees, crops, etc. before planting new onesFarming - general wordsForestry getting rid of a lot of people, systems, etc. in an organization: The company rejected a slash-and-burn type restructuring program.Firing staff and being fired
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