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Inch of Candle (Sold by)

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A sale by auction. Instead of the hammer of the auctioneer concluding the bids, the purchaser was the last bidder before the candle went out. Another plan is to stick a pin in a candle, and when the pin drops down, the sale of the article is concluded.

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Down were tumbled miracle and martyr,

Put up in lots, and sold by inch of candle.”


Peter Pindar: Lyric Odes, xiii.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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