strike a match

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strike a match

To light a match by forcefully rubbing the tip against a coarse surface. The explosion was caused by a worker who had struck a match near the gas leak. I'm really craving a cigarette, but I can't even strike a match with this blustery wind!
See also: match, strike

strike a match

to light a match by rubbing it on a rough surface. Mary struck a match and lit a candle. When Sally struck a match to light a cigarette, Jane said quickly, "No smoking, please."
See also: match, strike