Definition of scorched earth policy in English:

scorched earth policy

Syllabification: scorched earth pol·i·cy

noun

A military strategy of burning or destroying buildings, crops, or other resources that might be of use to an invading enemy force.
More example sentences
  • He refused to implement his orders for a scorched earth policy as German forces retreated into the Reich, leaving much of Germany's new military industries to help with the post-war economic revival.
  • Therefore, it becomes a prudent idea not to practice scorched earth policies when besieging an enemy city.
  • As Peter withdrew, he used a scorched earth policy destroying anything that might be of value to an advancing army.

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