“A pair of candles flicker in the darkness; the wick burns and melts the wax.”

Idioms Featuring Candles or Fire:

  • Burn the candle at both ends – To work too hard or stay up too late, resulting in exhaustion.
  • Hold a candle to – To compare someone or something unfavorably to another person or thing.
  • Keep the home fires burning – To maintain a household or family while someone is away for a period of time.
  • Light a fire under someone – To motivate or encourage someone to take action or work harder.
  • Out of the frying pan into the fire – To go from a bad situation to a worse situation.
  • Play with fire – To engage in a risky or dangerous activity that may result in negative consequences.
  • Put out fires – To deal with and resolve urgent problems or crisis situations as they arise.
  • The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long – Refers to someone who lives their life intensely and achieves a lot, but at the cost of burning out quickly.
  • Too many irons in the fire – To have too much to do at the same time. 

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