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.
Went off like candle-snuff, CHARLIE, while stoopin 'to lace up' is boot.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
“Padstow ’Oss,” observed Chris, “or so I’ve ’eard tell, catches ’em up and overlays ’em like a candle-snuff.”