phosphorus-box love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A box containing oxymuriate matches, which first superseded the tinder-box.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • She softly laid the phosphorus-box out of her hands.

    Old Creole Days

  • On being asked by a mild boy (not me) how he would proceed if he did begin to see him do it, he dipped a match into his phosphorus-box on purpose to shed a glare over his reply, and said he would commence by knocking him down with a blow on the forehead from the seven-and-sixpenny ink-bottle that was always on the mantelpiece.

    David Copperfield

  • Then, with the aid of a phosphorus-box and some matches, he procured a light and applied it to a spirit-lamp which had a place of its own below the temple; then, he shut down the lids of all the little chambers; then he opened them; and then, by some wonderful and unseen agency, the steak was done, the egg was boiled, the coffee was accurately prepared, and his breakfast was ready.

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • 'Oh! I see,' responded the reg'lar, with a knowing wink, but without evincing the slightest disinclination to undertake the charge -- 'I see -- bit o' Sving, eh? 'and his one eye wandered round the room, as if in quest of a dark lantern and phosphorus-box.

    Sketches by Boz, illustrative of everyday life and every-day people

  • Clennam stood there, following him with his eyes, as he dipped for a light in the phosphorus-box in the little room at the side, got one after three or four dips, and lighted the dim lamp against the wall.

    Little Dorrit

  • I felt about the box for my little remaining supply of water, for I had no light, the taper having burnt to the socket of the lantern, and the phosphorus-box not coming readily to hand.

    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

  • Having come to this resolve, I again felt about for the phosphorus-box and tapers.

    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

  • How well I recollect our sitting there, talking in whispers; or their talking, and my respectfully listening, I ought rather to say; the moonlight falling a little way into the room through the window, painting a pale window on the floor, and the greater part of us in shadow, except when Steerforth dipped a match into a phosphorus-box, when he wanted to look for anything on the board, and shed a blue glare over us that was gone directly!

    VI. Enlarge My Circle of Acquaintance

  • How well I recollect our sitting there, talking in whispers; or their talking, and my respectfully listening, I ought rather to say; the moonlight falling a little way into the room, through the window, painting a pale window on the floor, and the greater part of us in shadow, except when Steerforth dipped a match into a phosphorus-box, when he wanted to look for anything on the board, and shed a blue glare over us that was gone directly!

    David Copperfield

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