a / the burning bush

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Madeline is still alive, though after all that has happened to her she has to be dead. Ernest tells her:
-- In the whole of recorded medical history, this has never happened to another single human.
-- Yeah, so, why did it have to happen to me?
-- Do you know what you are, darling? You're a sign, you're an omen, you're a burning bush!
Death Becomes Her, movie

He definitely refers to the specific biblical burning bush. Shouldn't it've been THE burning bush?
Thank you.
  • dermott

    Senior Member
    B.E. via Australian English
    It comes from the Bible. The burning bush burned without ever being destroyed. In other, more prosaic words, she's indestructible. She can't be the burning bush because she's obviously not. She's a (version of the) burning bush.
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