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.
"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.
"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?"