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brush-fire

[bruhsh-fahyuh r] /ˈbrʌʃˌfaɪər/
adjective
1.
limited in scope, area, or importance, as some labor disputes or local skirmishes.
Also, brushfire.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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Word Origin and History for brushfire
n.

1850, from brush (n.2) + fire (n.).

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