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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Inch of Candle (Sold by).
 
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.   1
       
“Down were tumbled miracle and martyr,
Put up in lots, and sold by inch of candle.”
       
Peter Pindar: Lyric Odes, xiii.
 


 Incarnadine (To).Inchcape Rock. 

 
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