Definition of slash-and-burn in English:

slash-and-burn

adjective

  • 1[attributive] Relating to or denoting a method of agriculture in which existing vegetation is cut down and burned off before new seeds are sown, typically used as a method for clearing forest land for farming.

    • ‘Their tradition of slash-and-burn farming demanded that they leave behind used-up corn-fields every three years to clear new patches of forest.’
    • ‘Rampant trapping and slash-and-burn farming of their habitat had driven them deep into the forest.’
    • ‘Before 1502 the native populations practiced slash-and-burn agriculture, growing a variety of root crops.’
    • ‘Prior to the Viet Nam Conflict, the Hmong people were a patrilineal, patrilocal, and polygynous people practicing slash-and-burn agriculture in the mountains.’
    • ‘The vast environmental effects of slash-and-burn agriculture and the efficient utilization of forest resources have furthermore been popular research topics on both sides of the Atlantic.’
    • ‘And the population explosion has triggered massive new construction projects, from roads to slash-and-burn agriculture and urban development.’
    • ‘Big-scale farmers or cattle breeders often clear-cut huge tracts of land with slash-and-burn techniques.’
    • ‘These cultures supported themselves principally through slash-and-burn agriculture and hunting.’
    • ‘From the earliest prehistoric slash-and-burn agriculture to the development of genetically engineered crops, the natural environment of Britain has been modified by its inhabitants.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the slash-and-burn method of land clearance is better for soil properties, both physical and chemical, than mechanical clearance.’
    • ‘They follow a slash-and-burn method of clearing the soil and use the hoe for cultivation.’
    • ‘Some of the fires are blamed on logging companies clearing land for plantations, others are set by small farmers using slash-and-burn methods.’
    • ‘Threats to this zone include increasing human population, which implies the expansion of slash-and-burn agriculture, intensive mining activities, and unmanaged fires.’
    • ‘For most of human history this has involved sustainable methods of land use such as small-scale slash-and-burn farming.’
    • ‘While many of its Central American neighbors were clearing forests to make way for slash-and-burn agriculture, Belize has been making far more money keeping the trees in place.’
    • ‘It also leads to environmental destruction, mainly in the form of deforestation caused by slash-and-burn agriculture, which can only be sustainable at very low population density.’
    • ‘Before the Modern Age, the last quarter of the eighteenth century, and the logging of major forests, slash-and-burn cultivation was widely used in Europe.’
    • ‘Despite the difficult terrain, slash-and-burn agriculture is a major crop-producing activity.’
    • ‘The environment is threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture and the cutting of forests.’
    • ‘I have flown over the rainforests of the Amazon and Indonesia and witnessed destruction by illegal logging and slash-and-burn farming, which has wiped out two-thirds of some rainforest areas.’
    1. 1.1Aggressive and merciless.
      ‘her slash-and-burn campaigning style’
      • ‘An overhaul is just what Italian workers fear, especially if it means a slash-and-burn American-style approach.’
      • ‘Many at the local level saw this move as undemocratic and fought it in a multi-pronged slash-and-burn campaign that lasted two and a half years.’
      • ‘To be fair, it is not the only company which will be cutting payouts this year, although it is doubtful many will engage in quite such a drastic slash-and-burn exercise.’
      • ‘I hope that the slash-and-burn mentality of some commentators is not the way they are going to go.’
      • ‘Here's a few examples: In a third term, Labour will continue to nudge up taxes and invest the extra cash in schools and hospitals, while the Tories are committed to a slash-and-burn of the public sector.’
      • ‘A slash-and-burn, profits-at-any-long-term-cost kind of guy, a darling of Wall Street, takes residence in the corner office.’
      • ‘Across Latin America ‘liberalization’ (code word for slash-and-burn capitalism) is a dirty word.’
      • ‘If one is to believe the media, Harris's slash-and-burn education policies enjoy the support of broad layers of the population.’
      • ‘When it becomes clear that the association's slash-and-burn campaign hasn't stopped file sharing, musicians will start to wonder if there's a better way to move forward.’

Pronunciation:

slash-and-burn

/ˈˌslaSH ˌən ˈbərn/