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1860, from match (n.1) + head (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • For every vantage-point as big as a match-head on our face and hands the "bull-dog" contests with the mosquito.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • He scarcely dared to breathe as he heard her silver chain of trinkets tinkle, and heard the rasp of the match-head on the box.

    The Pursuit

    Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • It became sufficiently hot to flare the piece of match-head or whatever Cuthbert placed there.

    Whispering Wires

    Henry Leverage
  • She waited, heart beating, listening to the scratching of the match-head against the woodwork.

    Sally Bishop E. Temple Thurston

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