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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Often, however, the problems run deeper, and the United States must recognize that the game is simply not worth the candle. Mara Karlin, Foreign Affairs, 16 Oct. 2017

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