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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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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.
FLA director general Martin Hall said: "In the longer run the OFT may make it not worth the candle for lenders to offer zero introductory rates and consumers would lose out and new entrants would find it harder to enter the market place.
Ms Hewitt backed down because the game was not worth the candle, but the Government was also anxious about a growing revolt against the measure among Labour MPs.