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Scorched Earth Policy

An antitakeover measure in which a company sells many or all of its "good" or desirable assets and/or issues an extraordinary amount of debt. A scorched earth policy is designed to make the company less attractive to potential acquirers. The obvious disadvantage to a scorched earth policy is the possibility that, even if the company remains independent, it may have acquired so many liabilities that it may not be able to maintain its operations easily. See also: Poison pill, Suicide pill.
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scorched earth

An antitakeover strategy in which the target firm disposes of those assets or divisions considered particularly desirable by the raider. Thus, by making itself less attractive, the target discourages the takeover attempt. Such a strategy is almost certain to penalize the shareholders of the target firm. Compare crown jewel.
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Elsewhere, one house has a new roof and freshly painted walls, but stands desolate on a patch of scorched land.
Simultaneous heat waves scorched land areas all over the Northern Hemisphere last summer, killing hundreds and hospitalizing thousands while intensifying deadly wildfires.
According to Chernof, contributions to the early bud break include a lack of cold winter weather and possibly the effects of the Thomas Fire, which scorched land right up to the edges of the vineyard and was just listed as 100% contained Jan.
The scorched land could not absorb the water, and so the mudslides began.
A second image from the Aqua, taken Tuesday, shows the scorched land but no smoke plumes.
Even if the American troops managed to defeat thousands of terrorists, how will they be able to protect a scorched land so as not to let them back in?
Syria Mubasher noted that the regime has been escalating attacks against civilians in areas controlled by revolutionaries in a scorched land strategy, supported by Russia.
"The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group is dealing with the center of Ramadi as a scorched land," Isawi said while justifying the Iraqi forces' delay in liberation of the city.
Sitting now quietly on the scorched land, on the occupied land, land irrigated with Palestinian blood -- too much blood -- Azzam fixes his eyes beyond that disgraceful fence.
Al-Hilu called upon rights groups and human rights activists to condemn the scorched land policy carried out by the government and expose regime's repressive policies against defenceless citizens.