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English definition of “is the game worth the candle?”

is the game worth the candle?

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said when you are not certain if it is really worth making a great effort to get somethingUseful or advantageous
(Definition of is the game worth the candle? from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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