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- adj. Dried, damaged or burnt by exposure to sunlight or heat.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of scorch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Burned; parched with heat.
- In zoöl., colored as if scorched or singed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having everything destroyed so nothing is left salvageable by an enemy
- adj. dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
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I would want to know, and not use the term scorched Earth, but you would go in there and try and determine what it was that actually caused this.
Mrs. Nooyi said she decided several years ago to stop what she calls the "scorched earth policy" of scrapping for a point or two of market share in the shrinking cola market.
"They engage in scorched-earth litigation tactics to get plaintiffs to take toothless settlements," Verheyden-Hilliard said.
Each battered plate of bark is the size of a dinosaur 's scale, some of them scorched from a long-ago fire.
They also have to be personally and professionally destroyed in scorched-earth fashion.
This in scorched earth stuff and on the other side the Ashcroft money is being switched to the new marginals in operation Landslide
Years, or at least months from now we will look back on this day and remember that it was the day when it all beganâ€ the day when our already charred sensibilities were once again scorched by the flames of idiotic fashions, when long-forgotten fears of echoing, punny rhetorical questions were once again riled, and when the world once again took on that sickly, candy pink, Cosmo-colored hue.
He bounded up the steps -- "Christie," he said, and the word scorched his lips like audible flame.
"But that woman?" asked Adrienne, as if the word scorched her lips.
And so I think that has been the reason for the hesitation to sort of do the so-called scorched earth attacks on -- on Barack Obama, Glenn.