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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 of brush fire
1770-1780
1770-80, Americanism

brush-fire

or brushfire

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

noun
1.
a fire in bushes and scrub
2.
a minor local war
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for brushfire
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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