scorched-earth policy

scorched-earth policy

[skawrcht-urth]
noun
a military practice of devastating the property and agriculture of an area before abandoning it to an advancing enemy.

Origin:
1935–40; apparently translation of Chinese jiāotǔ zhèngcè

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scorched-earth policy

noun
the target company defends itself by selling off its crown jewels 
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