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matchflare (plural matchflares)

  1. The flaring of a lit match.
    • 1979, Irving Layton, Droppings from Heaven
      I am a matchflare / you are another / Together / for an instant / we pierce the surrounding / dark
    • 2000, Anthony Lawrence, In the Half Light
      In the next matchflare I saw names carved into a dry section over my head: Vivian, David, Robert, Mel.