Definition of scorched earth policy in English:

scorched earth policy

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  • A military strategy of burning or destroying crops or other resources that might be of use to an invading enemy force.
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    • 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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