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safety match

a match designed to ignite only when rubbed on a specially prepared surface.
Origin of safety match
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I sent you a safety-match box full of flowers last night from Leukerbad.

  • 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.

    Inventions of the Great War A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • He could trust himself—but woe to the groom who so much as scratched a safety-match within his domain.

    Much Ado About Peter Jean Webster
  • One scheme was to use a safety-match composition on the end of a fuse.

    Inventions of the Great War A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
British Dictionary definitions for safety-match

safety match

a match that will light only when struck against a specially prepared surface
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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