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From The Great War 1914-1918

Allumettes: (French). Matches. Originally in the War meaning French matches in particular. The word continued to be used for all matches when, with the general establishment of British canteens, it became possible to buy English matches (see Asquiths).[1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.6.
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