from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The burnt wick of a candle.


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  • Or that the little protuberances in the candle-snuff thicken the air and make it cloudy; or the hookedness of the nails is the cause and not an accident consequential to an ulcer.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Went off like candle-snuff, CHARLIE, while stoopin 'to lace up' is boot.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 102, May 7, 1892

  • To be sure you are a "lungy" man and I am a "livery" man, so that your chances of escaping candle-snuff accumulations with melancholic prostration are much better.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

  • Jopp sat on till his eyes were attracted by the shadow of the candle-snuff on the wall, and looking at the original he found that it had formed itself into a head like a red-hot cauliflower.

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • Not that I care a pinch of candle-snuff about such things, for you are very well aware I don't; but that such is the fact, and you, Tom Gradgrind, can't change it.

    Hard Times

  • It is the old story -- a case of candle-snuff -- some infernal compound that won't get burnt up without more oxygenation than is to be had under ordinary conditions ...

    Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley — Volume 2

  • “Padstow ’Oss,” observed Chris, “or so I’ve ’eard tell, catches ’em up and overlays ’em like a candle-snuff.”

    Death of a Fool


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