from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A vessel of incombustible material for holding friction-matches.


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  • We seldom pause to think, after it has performed its mission, and we have carelessly thrown it away, that it has a history of its own, and that, like some more pretentious things, its journey from the forest to the match-safe is full of changes.

    St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 Various

  • A waterproof match-safe easily accounted for the fire.

    Boy Scouts of the Air on Lost Island Gordon Stuart

  • Espérance arose to his knees and drawing a match-safe from his pocket struck a light.

    Monte-Cristo's Daughter Edmund Flagg

  • At sound of a familiar voice Phil opened his waterproof match-safe and struck a light.

    Every Man for Himself Hopkins Moorhouse

  • He rose, hastily; stared about him in the darkness; and then, bethinking himself of the probable situation, hurriedly took a match-safe from his pocket and lighted the night-lamp which stood on the tiny table.

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter

  • Then he reached out for the lantern, and his handy match-safe, so that they could get some light on the subject.

    Fred Fenton on the Crew or, The Young Oarsmen of Riverport School Allen Chapman

  • "Why, you got a whole hundred dollars saved up in your match-safe," shouted the dentist, throwing out an arm with an awkward gesture.

    McTeague 1920

  • There it was in the bottom of her trunk, in the canvas sack, the chamois-skin bag, and the little brass match-safe.

    McTeague 1920

  • In the bottom of her trunk, in the bedroom, she hid a brass match-safe that answered the purposes of a savings bank.

    McTeague 1920

  • Upon every reference to that little hoard in the brass match-safe and chamois-skin bag at the bottom of her trunk,

    McTeague 1920


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