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Three on a match

Posted by Bob on October 22, 2000

In Reply to: Three on a match posted by BRJ on October 22, 2000

: Does anyone know where the phrase "three on a match came from"?

Trench warfare. If you give a sniper enough time (say, for instance, enough time to light three cigarettes on a single match) he can focus in, take aim, and kill you. Hence, the third on the match will have seriously Bad Luck.