having to do with a military strategy of burning or destroying everything in an area before yielding it to an enemy: often used fig.
Origin of scorched-earthapparently translated, translation from a Chinese term for this practice
(comparative more scorched-earth, superlative most scorched-earth)
- Characteristic of a desire to prevail at any cost.
- The scorched-earth ad campaign directed at her opponent didn't win her many votes.
(comparative more scorched earth, superlative most scorched earth)
- Alternative spelling of scorched-earth.