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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Date: 600-700
Language: Latin
Origin: candela, from candere; CANDID

candle

noun
     
candle
can‧dle S3 [countable]
1D a stick of wax with a string through the middle, which you burn to give light
2

can't hold a candle to somebody/something

informal if something or someone cannot hold a candle to something or someone else, they are not as good as the other thing or person:
No other singer can hold a candle to her.

➔ burn the candle at both ends

at burn1 (19)
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