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touchwood

[tuhch-woo d] /ˈtʌtʃˌwʊd/
noun
1.
wood converted into an easily ignitible substance by the action of certain fungi, and used as tinder; punk.
2.
Mycology. amadou.
Origin of touchwood
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; touch + wood1
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  • There was no moisture there, and his mouth was as dry as touchwood.

    Young Mr. Barter's Repentance David Christie Murray
  • Lady Binks, the old landlady, and touchwood are all very good.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • “Ay, makes them go down hill to the devil,” answered touchwood.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • His name is touchwood,” said his informer; “ye may see him at the Waal every morning.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • While touchwood thus spoke, Mowbray was forming his resolution internally.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • Let every thing be done to make Mr. touchwood comfortable, in the way he wishes.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • “But never when there was any thing better to be had,” said Mr. touchwood.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • “But they are not for the better,” replied Mr. touchwood, eagerly.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • “Not worth speaking of—not worth speaking of,” said touchwood, hastily.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • Mr. touchwood, I desire to know where you had your information?

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for touchwood

touchwood

/ˈtʌtʃˌwʊd/
noun
1.
something, esp dry wood or fungus material such as amadou, used as tinder
Word Origin
C16: touch (in the sense: to kindle) + wood1
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