Sell By The Candle




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Sell By The Candle : Phrases



Meaning:

A form of sale by auction.


Example:

He sold all his good by the candle.


Origin:

A pin is thrust through a candle about an inch from the top, and bidding goes on till the candle is burnt down to the pin; when the pin drops into the candlestick the last bidder is declared the purchaser.














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