Origin of touchwood
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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
Let every thing be done to make Mr. Touchwood comfortable, in the way he wishes.
Lady Binks, the old landlady, and Touchwood are all very good.
His name is Touchwood,” said his informer; “ye may see him at the Waal every morning.
“Ay, makes them go down hill to the devil,” answered Touchwood.
- something, esp dry wood or fungus material such as amadou, used as tinder
C16: touch (in the sense: to kindle) + wood 1
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