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[mə′shed·ē or mə′ched·ē]
(design engineering)
A knife with a broad blade 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 centimeters) long.



a long knife (more than 50 cm) used in most Latin American countries for cutting sugarcane (hence machetero, “cane chipper”) and for hacking paths in dense thickets. Machetes were used by Cuban insurgents as side arms in the wars of liberation from 1868 to 1878 and from 1895 to 1898 against the Spanish colonialists.

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If a complaint is made about the letter of apology not being delivered, Coun Matchet could face extra sanctions.
Coun Matchet is, in any case, unlikely to be a councillor after May.
Mr Johnson said Earlsdon Conservatives could not now re-select Coun Matchet during his suspension period, which would mean postponing any selection until April 4.
She admitted to the authorities she couldn't remember everything, yet they concluded her account must have been accurate, and lambasted Matchet for challenging her evidence.
Caron Matchet, a former Tory city councillor, expressed her pride over the couple's marriage, and their contribution as Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress in 2008/9, for which she had given up her charity job.
Coun Matchet, a 57-year-old married father-of-two, submitted a case to the Adjudication Panel for England that he had been discriminated against by Ms Slegg on grounds of his age and sex.
This account of the Lord Mayor's Ball by Laura Slegg (the woman who reported Coun Matchet for making sexually explicit remarks to a Ms X) made me cross.
The robust and intelligent women went off to dance together, leaving Coun Matchet alone.
COVENTRY City Council's proposed suspension of Conservative councillor Andy Matchet has been put on hold after he won the right to appeal.
FORMER Coventry Lord Mayor Andy Matchet has been suspended as a councillor for three months for making drunken, sexually explicit remarks to two women at the Lord Mayor's Ball he hosted.
Ms Slegg, who lives in the Earlsdon ward in which Coun Matchet is elected, said she had gone over to Ms X's table after eating -as she'd known her in a professional and social capacity.