American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or being a form of agriculture in which an area of forest is cleared by cutting and burning and is then planted, usually for several seasons, before being left to return to forest.
- adj. Drastic or destructive: "The past few years of painful, slash-and-burn expense cutting have made top brokerage executives reluctant to revert to their former, profligate ways” ( David Henry).
- adj. alternative spelling of slash and burn.
“For lawmakers in both parties, the sudden outbreak of collegiality represented an opportunity to prove to the public, and one another, that the slash-and-burn style that has defined House discourse lately is not the only way to conduct the nation's business.”
“Throughout the book he characterizes dozens of recordings of Mahler's works, often with slash-and-burn criticism ( "every sound" in Pierre Boulez's performance of the Sixth Symphony is "strung out like entrails on a mortician's table") and sometimes with bouts of adulation that suggest the ideal of a definitive or "best" account.”
“NHS reform is a 'slash-and-burn approach', says doctors' union”
“Part of Michael's reluctance to employ the slash-and-burn approach is that now he is, in a sense, a double agent.”
“Congress and the president could then wind down or ratchet up government spending in an orderly way, without embarking on periodic convulsions of slash-and-burn fever.”
“One peer-reviewed paper published by Lemann and a team of researchers in Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change advocates replacing slash-and-burn with slash-and-char in tropical areas.”
“New breed of right-wingers takes over the Capitol with a slash-and-burn agenda that threatens the White House”
“But now they are front and centre of the new slash-and-burn era.”
“Compared to the slash-and-burn Republican approach, this budget positions the president as offering a responsible approach to deficit reduction.”
“When he got back into the political fray, his demagogic rhetoric and slash-and-burn political style got him into serious trouble when he stubbornly refused to compromise and led Cleveland into financial default in late 1978 — the first major city to default since the Great Depression.”
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