• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Candle-end the end-piece of a burnt-out candle
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  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
    “My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -- it gives a lovely light!”


Burn the candle at both ends - Someone who burns the candle at both ends lives life at a hectic pace, doing things which are likely to affect their health badly.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. candel—L. candela, from cand-ēre, to glow.


In literature:

Servants had placed small candles on tables at each end of the corridor.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
There was a candle burning on each end of the high mantelshelf.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
They must not burn their candle at both ends; he must put out his end.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
It is burning both ends of the candle.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Then Zachary lit a candle end he had brought in his pocket, and lifted it up above his head to give the maximum amount of radiance.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
Instead she moved past Rotil, lifted a candle, and went towards the shrine at the end of the room.
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Croustillac had finished by putting into his mouth the ends of burning candles, and by swallowing forks.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
But the candle went out; and it was only a round stick of wood with a little piece of candle on the end.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Patty had put a candle on the table, but its rays hardly reached the end of the room.
"Two Maiden Aunts" by Mary H. Debenham
Old folk and candles burn out slowly at the end.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
As they worked near the window, Anna sat in her corner and by the light of a candle in her little sconce made waxed ends for the men.
"My Lady of the Chimney Corner" by Alexander Irvine
The chant quickened as the service drew to an end, and the candles burned low.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
Can't burn candles both ends.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
The charred end showed me that the candle had burned the cord, letting the whistle fall again out of reach.
"Lost Man's Lane" by Anna Katharine Green
You can't burn a candle at both ends.
"A Pair of Schoolgirls" by Angela Brazil
By the flickering light of her candle, she cut it at the end with the scissors, drew out the letter, and unfolded it with trembling hands.
"The Master's Violin" by Myrtle Reed
His end was as a candle blown out in the night.
"The Great Discovery" by Norman Maclean
In the center of the table have a large bowl of red tulips; red shades on the candles standing at either end of the table.
"Dinners and Luncheons" by Paul Pierce
There was only one halfpenny candle lighting it, and that was stuck in the wall at the far end of the house.
"Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry" by William Butler Yeats
He put the candle down on a table and wandered on a little toward the farther end of the room.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 9" by Various

In poetry:

A lustreless protrusive eye
Stares from the protozoic slime
At a perspective of Canaletto.
The smoky candle end of time
"Burbank With A Baedeker: Bleistein With A Cigar" by T S Eliot
It snowed and snowed ,the whole world over,
Snow swept the world from end to end.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.
"Winter Night" by Boris Pasternak
Glisten, candles, glisten!
As I stand and listen
All the grief in me,
All the woe is stirred again,
And the question heard again:
What the end shall be?
"The Feast Of Lights" by Morris Rosenfeld
"But if you find him with his friends,
The thing is rather harder.
In such a case success depends
On picking up some candle-ends, Or butter, in the larder.
"Phantasmagoria Canto II ( Hys Fyve Rules )" by Lewis Carroll
While, for those who preferred a more forcible word,
He had different names from these:
His intimate friends called him "Candle-ends,"
And his enemies "Toasted-cheese."
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Two days dead. Is he dead? Nay, nay—but is he living?
The weary monks have ended their chantings manifold,
The great door swings behind them, night winds entrance giving,
The candles flare and drip on him, warm and he so cold.
"The Sleep of Sigismund" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

But once you get addicted to the complex nature of high-end candle fragrances, lighting a Yankee Candle is akin to wearing drugstore perfume.
My candle burns at both ends.
Its long dining room is enhanced by a window at one end, a mirrored wall at the other, and an open kitchen on one side facing a wall with five narrow niches in which votive candles flicker.
Stoneware book ends, book-scented candles, leather-bound Harry Potter first editions and more.
Burning the Candle at Both Ends.
Don't expect that sign to be up much longer because this former west end candle shop is about to be Beau Records' recording studios and office.

In science:

Since the end of the last century distant supernovae data is a widespread test for all theoretical cosmological models in spite of the fact the correctness of the hypothesis about SNe Ia as the perfect standard candles is still not proven .
Conformal Cosmological Model Test with Distant SNIa Data
There is no physical reason why the bright end of the PNLF should be a standard candle: in older galaxies the bright edge of the PNLF should be 4 magnitudes fainter than in younger ones (Marigo et al. 2004).
The Origin and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Putting the Binary Hypothesis to the Test