a small box, usually of cardboard, for matches.

1780–90; match1 + box1 Unabridged
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matchbox (ˈmætʃˌbɒks)
a small box for holding matches

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Example sentences
The body is given an enema, and what's left is buried in a matchbox.
Today's generators are not much bigger than a matchbox.
The curriculum has evolved from making matchbox holders in woodworking to
  designing circuit boards and electronics.
Each matchbox started with a set of colored beads indicated a possible move.
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