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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.
A proposal was made from officers of the association that Andy Matchet be suspended as a member of the Conservative Party for a period of three months, in line with the suspension from the council.
Crucially, it didn't offend th 45-year-old charity chief executive who'd drunkenly contributed to the sex chat after she and Matchet had danced "flirtily".
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.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of Andy and Caron Matchet's company with friends at a private function and we all had a most enjoyable evening.
LES REID has done it nagain - more first-class reporting, this time about Coun Andy Matchet's misdemeanours.
But in this case the drunken man was Lord Mayor Andy Matchet, hosting his charity ball.
THE wonder is not that nCoun Andy Matchet allegedly made sexist comments (Telegraph, Nov 6) but that after years of being imbued with the mores of local authority PC he should say anything whatsoever within earshot of an equality and diversity officer.
COVENTRY City Council's proposed suspension of Conservative councillor Andy Matchet has been put on hold after he won the right to appeal.