a short, slender piece of flammable wood used in making matches.
something that suggests a matchstick, as in thinness or fragility.

1785–95; match1 + stick1 Unabridged
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matchstick (ˈmætʃˌstɪk)
1.  the wooden part of a match
2.  made with or as if with matchsticks: a matchstick model
3.  (esp of figures drawn with single strokes) thin and straight: matchstick men

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Example sentences
Dust the cut with rooting hormone powder and insert a pebble or wooden matchstick to hold it open.
Perhaps it's in the matchstick you use to light a candle.
The implant is a small plastic rod about the size of a matchstick that is placed under the skin of the upper arm.
Each time you take a handful of the incense which is in matchstick form and put it in the burner.
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