matchwood

noun
match·​wood | \-ˌwu̇d \

Definition of matchwood 

: small pieces of wood : splinters

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In 1512, Spanish mercenaries made matchwood of Tuscan defenses, the republic fell and the Medici returned. Edmund Fawcett, New York Times, "Machiavelli: Good Guy or Bad? This Biography Argues for the Former," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of matchwood

1786, in the meaning defined above

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