not worth the candle

Definition of not worth the candle

chiefly British, old-fashioned

  1. :  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

worthplay
  1. :  become

  1. :  having monetary or material value

    :  estimable

  1. :  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

  1. :  equal in value to

    :  having assets or income equal to

    :  deserving of

candleplay
  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)

    :  something resembling a candle in shape or use

    :  candela

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

    :  to test (eggs) in this way for staleness, blood clots, fertility, and growth


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