American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A box in which to keep matches.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A box for holding matches.
- n. Milit., same as match-pipe.
- n. A small cardboard box in which matches are kept.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a box for holding matches. See first match, n.
- n. a box for holding matches
- match + box (Wiktionary)
“The opinion of this report on what is currently taking place in Zimbabwe might be called matchbox rattling.”
“Both women enter the hut, and coarse hands unused to dealing with small articles tremblingly lift the lid of a matchbox, which is a rarity in the Caucasus.”
“Inside the matchbox was a cricket that proceeded to chirp at me.”
“Oh and you'll have to forgive me for this, but what kind of matchbox does your poor lady drive that she can't get to work if there's 2, maybe 3 inches of snow on the driveway, as evidenced by the picture?”
“Nearly every Soweto tour includes a visit to the small "matchbox" house in the Orlando East neighborhood where Mandela lived briefly with his second wife, Winnie, while working as a lawyer in Johannesburg.”
“The prices of these "matchbox" houses were even beyond the reach of the intended beneficiaries.”
“Seen from a distance, Soweto is utterly lacking in green; the tiny "matchbox" houses that march in rigid rows all the way to the horizon are a monochromatic brown.”
“Soweto has no attractions to speak of: It is home to nearly 3.5 million blacks, most of whom live in identical "matchbox" style houses on each side of roads stretching for miles.”
“His pitifully thin body lay in a pool of congealed blood on the floor of a four-room "matchbox" house, his head twisted to the side, his face locked in a grimace.”
“However, only ration card holders are eligible to purchase food items and other small items such as matchbox, soaps, detergents etc.”
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