Definitions for safety match
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a match designed to ignite only when rubbed on a specially prepared surface.
Origin of safety match:
safety match, book matches(noun)
a paper match that strikes only on a specially prepared surface
A match designed so it can only be ignited on a special friction surface.
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