friction-match love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A match tipped with a compound which ignites by friction: the usual form of match in domestic use.

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Examples

  • But they dearly love fire, and at night will always have it, if possible, even on the minutest scale, -- a mere handful of splinters, that seems hardly more efficacious than a friction-match.

    Army Life in a Black Regiment

  • _estufa_ where, for centuries before the invention of the friction-match, the Indians kept their sacred fire -- fire made sacred through the difficulty of obtaining it or rekindling it when once extinguished -- and so watched day and night by sleepless sentinels.

    Captured by the Navajos

  • But they dearly love fire, and at night will always have it, if possible, even on the minutest scale, ” a mere handful of splinters, that seems hardly more efficacious than a friction-match.

    Army Life in a Black Regiment

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