brush-fire

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:
1770–80, Americanism

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brush-fire

[bruhsh-fahyuhr]
adjective
limited in scope, area, or importance, as some labor disputes or local skirmishes.
Also, brushfire.


Origin:
1945–50

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brush fire
 
n
1.  a fire in bushes and scrub
2.  a minor local war

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