a book of the bar’s matches

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Couch Tomato

Senior Member
Russian & Dutch
The bartender says to Mari, “Stop in any time you like. I open the place at seven every night. Except Sundays."

Mari thanks him and from the counter she picks up a book of the bar’s matches, which she stuffs into her jacket pocket.

(After Dark - Haruki Murakami)

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

match /mætʃ/ n
  • a formal game or sports event in which people, teams, etc, compete to win
  • a person or thing able to provide competition for another: she's met her match in talking ability
  • a person or thing that resembles, harmonizes with, or is equivalent to another in a specified respect
  • a person or thing that is an exact copy or equal of another
  • a partnership between a man and a woman, as in marriage
  • an arrangement for such a partnership
  • a person regarded as a possible partner, as in marriage
What is the most likely meaning of "matches"?
  • Jim2996

    Senior Member
    American English
    I'll just add that it's the bar's matches because it's common to have the bar's name or logo printed on the matchbook's cover. They are freely given away as advertizing. Other companies print their name and logo on cheap pens and give these away.
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