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brush-fire

or brushfire

[bruhsh-fahyuh r] /ˈbrʌʃˌfaɪər/
adjective
1.
limited in scope, area, or importance, as some labor disputes or local skirmishes.
Origin of brush-fire
1945-1950
1945-50

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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  • The other man did say, A pit tea it was she could nt have had a little sight to see that brush-fire ahead.

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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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