- 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
One scheme was to use a safety-match composition on the end of a fuse.
I sent you a safety-match box full of flowers last night from Leukerbad.The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 3, 1876-1885
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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.
He could trust himself—but woe to the groom who so much as scratched a safety-match within his domain.Much Ado About Peter
- a match that will light only when struck against a specially prepared surface
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