Entry from US English dictionary
Definition of brush fire in English:
1A fire in brush or scrub.
- Brian was frightened when a song he was working on called 'Fire' coincided with a massive brush fire in L.A. County.
- He's talking about a Malibu-area bungalow that survived a close call with a 1993 brush fire, only to end up awash in rocks and mud when the winter rains arrived months later.
- A brush fire there has broken out within the last few hours.
2A conflict, especially an armed conflict, that arises suddenly and is limited in scale or area: [as modifier]: fighting brush-fire wars
More example sentences
- It is not a brush fire, but a full-fledged engagement that is going to take every aspect of our leadership and our development and our intellectual might to make sure we stay ahead of.
- His combination of scientific method, confident proselytization, and field experience - as a soldier in both world wars and a journalist in Latin American brush fire wars - was convincing, and his idea gained extraordinary currency.
- How can we ensure success in repelling an invasion when our ships have to constantly stave off these little brush fires?
2.1A minor crisis.
- As if Finchem did not have enough problems rounding up sponsors for the regular tour, he was also facing a brush fire on his developmental tour and a potential inferno on the circuit for players 50 and older.
- But it's always something with this team: a brooding Frank Thomas here, a struggling Mark Buehrle there, one brush fire or another.
- ‘If we're just putting out brush fires, we're going to get further and further behind,’ Niziolek said.
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