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    игра не стоит свеч

    is this a common saying? Is it dated?
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    Re: игра не стоит свеч

    It’s not worth the effort doing something.
    Yes, it’s very common.

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    Re: игра не стоит свеч

    Quote Originally Posted by alexB
    It’s not worth the effort doing something.
    Yes, it’s very common.
    Игра стоит свеч also is common.
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    Re: игра не стоит свеч

    I've found it in my Collins Dictionary:
    not worth the candle - informal not worth the price or trouble entailed (esp in the phrase the game's not worth the candle)
    Does it mean the saying exists in English?

    BTW, it comes from the card players language. Sometimes the winnings of the player were so small, that they didn't pay off the cost of the candles used during the game (no electricity at the time).

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    Re: игра не стоит свеч

    Quote Originally Posted by gRomoZeka
    Does it mean the saying exists in English?
    Я слышала, что это выражение как раз в Англии родилось.
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    Re: игра не стоит свеч

    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    Я слышала, что это выражение как раз в Англии родилось.
    Серьезно? Я знаю, что русские позаимствовали его у французов, а где те взяли - мне неведомо.
    Интересно, если это родное английское выражение, почему sperk о нем не знает? Устарело?

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    Re: игра не стоит свеч

    Quote Originally Posted by gRomoZeka
    I've found it in my Collins Dictionary:
    not worth the candle - informal not worth the price or trouble entailed (esp in the phrase the game's not worth the candle)
    Does it mean the saying exists in English?
    Never heard of it.
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