If they tried fire in such a gale the place would burn like matchwood.
Her bottom was stove in, her planks and timbers were riven like matchwood.
Most of her scaling-ladders were smashed to matchwood, and those that remained were almost too insecure to attempt to use.
Such was the fury of the gale that everything seemed split to matchwood.
Briefly, from six till two you would have said that the earth was being shivered to matchwood and fine powder.
If one of the wheels gets into a hole one's box is converted into matchwood.
A tree of smaller growth must have given way at last to the enormous strain, whereas a sapling would have yielded like matchwood.
The lances crossed, but that of the Moor broke like matchwood.
On the rise at the end of the township the flames gleamed as they flared from the wooden building, which burned like matchwood.
MacDonald had camped before in the basin, and there were tepee poles ready cut, as light and dry as matchwood.