brushfire

adjective brush·fire \ ˈbrəsh-ˌfī(-ə)r \
Updated on: 17 Jan 2018

Definition of brushfire

: involving mobilization only on a small and local scale
  • brushfire border wars

First Known Use of brushfire

1954


brush fire

noun

Definition of brush fire

1 : a fire involving low-growing plants (such as scrub and brush)
2 : a minor conflict or crisis
  • putting out political brush fires

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First Known Use of brush fire

1850


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