not worth the candle

Definition of not worth the candle

chiefly British, old-fashioned
:not worth the necessary effort, cost, or trouble
  • The car is so old that replacing the engine is not worth the candle.

Word by Word Definitions

worth play
  1. : become

  1. : having monetary or material value

  2. : estimable

  1. : monetary value

  2. : the equivalent of a specified amount or figure

  3. : the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held

  1. : equal in value to

  2. : having assets or income equal to

  3. : deserving of

candle play
  1. : a usually molded or dipped mass of wax or tallow containing a wick that may be burned (as to give light, heat, or scent or for celebration or votive purposes)

  2. : something resembling a candle in shape or use

  3. : required effort, expense, or trouble

  1. : to examine by holding between the eye and a light


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