not worth the candle

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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.

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“Not worth the candle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/not%20worth%20the%20candle. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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