from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See match.


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  • But he'd put enough of the fiery stuff under his belt to make him touchy as a parlor-match, and when the trooper, getting no answer, flipped the keg over on its side and the whisky trickled out among the grass-roots, Piegan forgot that he was in an alien land where the law is upheld to the last, least letter and the arm of it is long and unrelenting.

    Raw Gold A Novel

  • "Let me light your fire for you," he answered, and extracting a parlor-match from his pocket, -- safety-matches were his bugbear, -- he stooped, and put the flame to the fire.

    The Happiest Time of Their Lives

  • "An ocean," said I. "How the dickens do you expect to sail a boat like that off here in the woods, where there isn't enough water to float a parlor-match?"

    The Autobiography of Methuselah


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