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slash-and-burn

1. Relating to an agricultural tactic in which forest or other vegetation cut down to the ground and burned, the land planted and cultivated with crops for a few years, then abandoned to allow the forest grow back. The slash-and-burn practice has become ever more frequent in this region, but with less and less areas being allowed to regrow the forests each year, there are concerns that the damage may become irreparable.
2. By extension, extremely and drastically destructive. Several of the country's biggest corporations have had to undergo slash-and-burn dismantlings of many of their offices in efforts to salvage their businesses.

slash and burn

 
1. Lit. of a farming technique where vegetation is cut down and burned before crops are planted. (Hyphenated before nominals.) The small farmers' slash-and-burn technique destroyed thousands of acres of forest.
2. Fig. of a crude and brash way of doing something. (Hyphenated before nominals.) The new manager's method was strictly slash and burn. He looks decisive to his boss and merciless to the people he fires.
See also: and, burn, slash
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In the small Central American country of Belize, NGOs are working with farmers to help them move away from slash and burn agriculture and toward more sustainable crop production.
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aid, the Colombian Army hopes to slash and burn the source of the militias' illicit wealth--cocaine and heroin operations.
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The environmental damage produced by pre-Columbian agriculture around Lake Patzcuaro equals that generated by ancient Maya "slash and burn" farming techniques in Central American forests more than 1;000 years ago, according to the scientists.
BUSINESSES should not "slash and burn" to survive the economic recession but should invest in staff and ensure customer service is better than ever.
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UNION bosses last night slammed Hewlett-Packard for taking a "slash and burn" approach to British jobs as nearly 1,000 staff waited for the axe to fall.
The Manufacturing Science Finance union, which represents ICL workers, called on the company to implement a Japanese-style plan to retain key skills rather than the "slash and burn" approach common in the West.