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safety match

a match designed to ignite only when rubbed on a specially prepared surface.
Origin of safety match
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The safety match of the present day did not appear until 1845.

  • With trembling fingers she drew out a safety match and struck it on the box.

    Green Eyes Roy J. Snell
  • Frey caught it and flicked a safety match with his fingernail.

  • “Have sent,” said his entertainer briefly, as he filled a pipe from the open tobacco box and struck a safety match.

  • I used only a third of a stick—you know, short fuse, with the end split so as to hold the head of a safety match.

    The Red One Jack London
  • She lit it with a safety match and extinguished the match with a nervous flick of her arm.

    Earth Alert! Kris Neville
  • Another fault of the safety match is its small size; it is apt to be entirely consumed before the fire can be started.

    Woodcraft E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps
  • The safety match, therefore, cannot be lighted unless it is rubbed on the phosphorus on the outside of the box.

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
  • Indeed, in some places it is forbidden by law to sell any kind of match but the safety match.

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
  • To avoid accident by matches, the safety match (Fig. 8) has recently been invented.

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for safety match

safety match

a match that will light only when struck against a specially prepared surface
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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