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Synonyms for candle

the basic unit of luminous intensity adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites

examine eggs for freshness by holding them against a light

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Surely, they are thinking that perhaps all of this – the questions in parliament, the public outcry, the inquiries – is not worth the candle, that this is one battle they don't need to fight never mind win.
There could be some loss of enterprise from tax-shy individuals who feel the game is not worth the candle if the Government takes 18 per cent of the proceeds - but not enough, surely, to revive the debilitating offshore culture of the 1990s.
These kind of allegations and tactics will ultimately persuade people this is not worth the candle.
Whichever way the eventual verdicts fall, if it not a purifying journey then perhaps we are not worth the candle.
They might decide it is not worth the candle and get on with abandoning GCSE and do a three year programme of study,' he said.