scorched-earth love


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  • adj. Characteristic of a desire to prevail at any cost.


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  • Community Health called Tenet's federal lawsuit baseless and proof of the company's "scorched-earth defense" against the takeover bid.

    Tenet Files Suit in Takeover Fight

  • "If that doesn't illustrate the scorched-earth nature of litigation tactics on Rule 2019, I don't know what does," said Elliot Ganz , general counsel at the Loan Syndications and Trading Association, a group that lobbied to limit the breadth of the new disclosure rule.

    High Court Clears Rule on Disclosing Creditor Data

  • To make the situation worse, little food or fodder was available in a land that had suffered the scorched-earth policy of Bessus.

    Alexander the Great

  • The Persian satrap of Cilicia was Arsames, who had been present at the conference before the battle of the Granicus, at which Memnon had advised a scorched-earth policy to hinder the Macedonians.

    Alexander the Great

  • The Persian leader had already applied a scorched-earth policy to the lands north of these passes and had his men waiting to strike the Macedonians as they struggled across the mountains.

    Alexander the Great

  • In the scorched-earth era of the "health care reform debates" of 2009 and beyond, Evangelicals seemed to believe that Jesus commanded that all hospitals and everything else should be run by corporations for profit, just because corporations weren't the evil government.

    Frank Schaeffer: The "Reason" Republicans Despise Unions, Government and Anything Public

  • I can employ scorched-earth tactics in writing about a bad movie, but I rarely write sharp criticism of actors themselves.

    Roger Ebert: 'I'm happy I don't look worse'

  • The conclusion of the story, in which Procne kills their son then bakes him in a pie and serves him to Tereus in revenge, is less recounted somehow, arguably because the scorched-earth emotional relentlessness it exemplifies sits so uncomfortably withinthe heart of the genuinely feminine.

    Divorce, American Style

  • Following up on what Chait says: Lacking the numbers to block the bill, Republicans embraced a scorched-earth oppositional strategy organized around (1) throwing up endless procedural roadblocks and (2) controlling the day-to-day media narrative.

    How They Failed « Gerry Canavan

  • Whether viewers believe the answer to the public education mess will come through building more charter schools, taking down teachers unions, raising teacher pay or turning loose more scorched-earth administrators like Washington D. C.'s Michele Rhee, "Waiting for 'Superman'" has Chicagoans and the nation debating some of the thorniest issues at the heart of the public school crisis.

    David E. Thigpen: Superman is in the House


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