Definition of not worth the candlechiefly British, old-fashioned
- The car is so old that replacing the engine is not worth the candle.
: having monetary or material value
: monetary value
: the equivalent of a specified amount or figure
: the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held
: equal in value to
: having assets or income equal to
: deserving of
: 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)
: something resembling a candle in shape or use
: required effort, expense, or trouble
: to examine by holding between the eye and a light
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