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safety match

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noun
  1. a match designed to ignite only when rubbed on a specially prepared surface.

Origin of safety match

First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for safety match

Historical Examples

  • One scheme was to use a safety-match composition on the end of a fuse.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

  • I sent you a safety-match box full of flowers last night from Leukerbad.

  • After several ineffectual attempts to light this, he discovered it was a safety-match.

    Tales of Space and Time

    Herbert George Wells

  • The grenadier wore an armlet covered with a friction composition such as is used on a safety-match box.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

  • He could trust himself—but woe to the groom who so much as scratched a safety-match within his domain.


British Dictionary definitions for safety match

safety match

noun
  1. a match that will light only when struck against a specially prepared surface
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