Not worth the candle

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not worth the cost or trouble.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Sometimes the game is not worth the candle nor the prize the cost of war.
WASHINGTON, July 10 (KUNA) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday US is working "diligently to develop a political solution" in Syria that achieves US' goal of defeating so-called Islamic State, but "leads Iran to the place where they conclude it's not worth the candle for them to be in Syria.
"As the Turkish saying goes, the game is not worth the candle. So, one should be careful about the potential health risks in this competitive sector and avoid falling into the trap of the criminal networks that offer lower prices, but higher health risks at the end."
In short, this war between a confused government and an unsuccessful opposition, to a law that is too weak to meet the requirements needed to reform the state's administrative body, can be summarised by a simple proverb: "The game is not worth the candle".