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[mach-woo d] /ˈmætʃˌwʊd/
wood suitable for match.
splinters (def 1).
Origin of matchwood
First recorded in 1590-1600; match1 + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If they tried fire in such a gale the place would burn like matchwood.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • Her bottom was stove in, her planks and timbers were riven like matchwood.

  • Most of her scaling-ladders were smashed to matchwood, and those that remained were almost too insecure to attempt to use.

  • Such was the fury of the gale that everything seemed split to matchwood.

  • Briefly, from six till two you would have said that the earth was being shivered to matchwood and fine powder.

  • If one of the wheels gets into a hole one's box is converted into matchwood.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • A tree of smaller growth must have given way at last to the enormous strain, whereas a sapling would have yielded like matchwood.

    Dusty Star Olaf Baker
  • The lances crossed, but that of the Moor broke like matchwood.

  • On the rise at the end of the township the flames gleamed as they flared from the wooden building, which burned like matchwood.

    Colonial Born G. Firth Scott
  • MacDonald had camped before in the basin, and there were tepee poles ready cut, as light and dry as matchwood.

    The Hunted Woman James Oliver Curwood
British Dictionary definitions for matchwood


wood suitable for making matches
splinters or fragments: the bomb blew the house to matchwood
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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