Meaning of brush fire

brush' fire"

Pronunciation: [key]
  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.


Pronunciation: (brush'fīr"), [key]
— adj.
  1. limited in scope, area, or importance, as some labor disputes or local skirmishes.
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