brushf ire war
   a conflict in which a major power is not directly involved
   It involves figuratively the undergrowth rather than the standing timber:
    The language of the mad foments violence... 'Brushfire wars', 'limited actions', 'clean atom bombs'. (M. West, 1979)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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