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brush·firealso brush fire (brŭsh′fīr′)
1. A fire in low-growing, scrubby trees and brush.
2. A relatively minor crisis.
Minor enough to involve only small-scale mobilization of counteracting resources: brushfire wars.
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1. a fire in bushes and scrub
2. (Sociology) a minor local war
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a fire in an area of bushes, shrubs, or brush, as distinct from a forest fire.
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