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
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Well Katie reckoned you should strike matches in time to your motions.
Children have a natural curiosity about fire and the ability to strike matches or use a lighter.
Neighbors around her strike matches and start lighting candles that they place in bedrooms and bathrooms, a warm if flickering glow filling their homes.
Extinguish all naked flames - do not smoke or strike matches.
| | Extinguish all naked flames - do not smoke or strike matches. | | Turn off all gas appliances and do not use until they are checked by the engineer.
Also you are advised to: Gas leak | Open all doors and windows to ventilate the property; | Do not turn on/off any electrical switches; | Extinguish all naked flames, do not smoke, strike matches or do anything which could cause ignition; | If there are any electrical security entry phones/locks, please open door manually.
Do not strike matches. Have gas systems checked by professionals before turning them back on.
Honestly, it's the type of uber-macho claptrap that, unless you strike matches on your chin stubble and open beer bottles using your teeth, will have most blokes feeling like they should slap on a dress and call themselves Dorothy.
Whatever happened to feeding stale bread to the coal horses, only drinking ``shorts'' at Christmas and New Year, councillors you really believed in like Bessie Braddock (pictured above), peo-ple actually brushing the back entries (yes they did !) and the little steel plates on the back of the seats on buses to strike matches on?
We can teach our children about the life-sustaining qualities of heat and fire by teaching them to safely strike matches, light candles, and start fires in the woodstove, fireplace, of at a campground.
But union chairman Barry Horne claims the Monday night fixture at The Valley has not been earmarked for industrial action - and no schedule of "strike matches" has been discussed.
John Paul II has picked most of the bishops, and most of his picks are men he can strike matches on.
And fool kids kept trying to strike matches on their chins.
Jailing Scott Miller for 12 months, Judge Bray said, 'Though you were not the instigator of these offences, you knew perfectly well that young Nathan was being encouraged to strike matches and did nothing to prevent it.