Worth the candle
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British pronunciation/wˈɜːθ ðə kˈandəl/
American pronunciation/wˈɜːθ ðə kˈændəl/
worth the candle
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(of an achievement) completely worth all the effort one puts in or all the trouble one goes through

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worth the candle definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "worth the candle" and when to use it?

The idiom "worth the candle" originated from the practice of evaluating the value or benefit of an action or endeavor against the effort or cost required to achieve it. It is mainly used to refer to the idea of determining whether the potential outcome justifies the resources or sacrifices involved. The idiom's origin can be traced back to the time when candles were a valuable and limited resource, and their use was carefully considered in relation to the value of the activity being pursued.

The cake is not worth the candle
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British pronunciation/ðə kˈeɪk ɡˈeɪm ɪz nˌɒt wˈɜːθ ðə kˈandəl/
American pronunciation/ðə kˈeɪk ɡˈeɪm ɪz nˌɑːt wˈɜːθ ðə kˈændəl/
the cake is not worth the candle
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the outcome or reward of a task is not worth the effort or resources required to achieve it

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the (cake|game) [is] not worth the candle definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "the cake is not worth the candle" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "the cake is not worth the candle" dates back to medieval times when candles were expensive and used for lighting. Often, the cost of the candle was more than the value of the cake, so it was not considered worthwhile to light a candle to showcase a cake that wasn't worth much. Today, the expression is commonly used to describe a situation where the benefits of an activity or endeavor are not worth the effort, cost, or risk involved.

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He decided not to buy the expensive car because the maintenance costs would have been too high - the cake wasn't worth the candle.
The manager decided that the potential benefits of implementing the new workflow system were worth the candle, even though it required significant training and adjustment.
She questioned whether pursuing a higher degree would be worth the candle, considering the time commitment and financial investment.
She decided not to pursue a business opportunity because the potential profit wasn't enough to justify the effort - the game wasn't worth the candle.
He decided not to go on the trip because the cost of travel was too high - the cake just wasn't worth the candle.
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