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brush fire

noun
1.
a fire in an area of bushes, shrubs, or brush, as distinct from a forest fire.
2.
any small but persistent problem, as within a large organization, a department of a government, or between nations:
border skirmishes and other international brush fires.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80, Americanism

brush-fire

[bruhsh-fahyuh r] /ˈbrʌʃˌfaɪər/
adjective
1.
limited in scope, area, or importance, as some labor disputes or local skirmishes.
Also, brushfire.
Origin
1945-50
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British Dictionary definitions for brush-fire

brush fire

noun
1.
a fire in bushes and scrub
2.
a minor local war
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Encyclopedia Article for brush-fire

brush fire

fire in vegetation that is less than 1.8 m (6 feet) tall, such as grasses, grains, brush, and saplings. See wildland fire.

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