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The game is not worth the candle.

The outcome, product, or returns of this activity or undertaking are not worth the time and resources that it requires. An allusion to gambling by candlelight, a significant expense at one point in time. If the winnings were not sufficient, then they didn't warrant the needless use of a candle. The local council considered the construction of a new power grid throughout the county, but because it would cost millions and only marginally increase efficiency compared to the current infrastructure, they decided that the game wasn't worth the candle.
See also: game, not, worth

it ain't over till/until the fat lady sings

The final outcome cannot be assumed or determined until a given situation, event, etc., is completely finished. ("Ain't" is a colloquial contraction of "is not.") The phrase refers to the stereotypically overweight female sopranos of the opera, particularly the Valkyrie Brünnhilde, whose aria concludes Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. It is often used in reference to organized competitions, such as sporting events, political elections, or the like. A: "We're down by six points with only two minutes remaining. There's no way we can win now!" B: "Hey, it ain't over till the fat lady sings!" It's not looking likely that the Senator will be elected to another term, but it ain't over until the fat lady sings.
See also: fat, lady, sing, till, until

it ain't over till/until it's over

The final outcome cannot be assumed or determined until a given situation, event, etc., is completely finished. Usually used in reference to organized competitions, such as sporting events, political elections, and the like. A: "We're down by six points with only two minutes remaining. There's no way we can win now!" B: "Hey, it ain't over till it's over!" It's not looking likely that the Senator will be elected to another term, but it ain't over until it's over.
See also: till, until

not any hard feelings

No ill will; no resentment or anger. I'm sorry that things ended this way, but I hope there aren't any hard feelings.
See also: any, feeling, hard, not

be not what it's cracked up to be

To be not as good, enjoyable, special, or worthwhile as people insist or believe. Honestly, the movie isn't what it's cracked up to be. Maybe I'm just not the right audience for it. If you ask me, long-term relationships just aren't what they're cracked up to be.
See also: cracked, not, up

not much cop

Not very good; not noteworthy or exceptional at all. Primarily heard in UK. I was really looking forward to the film, but it was not much cop, I'm afraid. I just wasn't much cop as an accountant, so I packed up my career and spent a year travelling abroad.
See also: cop, much, not

not playing with a full deck

1. Not mentally sound; crazy or mentally deranged. A: "Look at that guy talking to himself on the corner." B: "I reckon he's not playing with a full deck."
2. Not very bright or intelligent; dimwitted. Jim's a nice guy, but with some of the foolish things he does, I wonder if he's not playing with a full deck.
See also: deck, full, not, play

be not short of a penny (or two)

To be exceptionally wealthy; to have no concerns regarding money. A: "I just heard Sarah just lost her job!" B: "Well, her husband's family isn't short of a penny, so I think they'll be just fine." I once dated a guy who, though he was never short of a penny or two, was the most miserly person I'd ever met. He wouldn't even tip when we went out to eat!
See also: not, of, penny, short

be not the done thing

Of a given behavior, to be unacceptable, inappropriate, or incorrect in a particular social situation. Primarily heard in UK. You should know better than to wear a skirt like that to a formal dinner; it is simply not the done thing! I'm so glad smoking indoors is not the done thing anymore!
See also: done, not, thing

not up to snuff

Not as good as what was expected, required, or demanded; not satisfactory or adequate. Jim, I know you've been going through a tough time since your wife passed, but these reports just aren't up to snuff. I used to eat there all the time, but to be honest, their food hasn't been up to snuff recently.
See also: not, snuff, up

be not worth a brass farthing

To be completely worthless or useless; to have little or no value. Refers to farthings (obsolete British units of currency, worth one-quarter of a penny), formerly made from a copper alloy (brass). Primarily heard in UK. I was so excited when my grandfather said he'd give me his car, but this old clunker isn't worth a brass farthing. Over the years working here, I've come to realize that the boss's word isn't worth a brass farthing.
See also: brass, farthing, not, worth

be not worth a plug nickel

obsolete To be completely worthless or useless; to have little or no value. (A variant of "not worth a plugged nickel.") Refers to coins (not only nickels) that were "plugged"—that is, those that had a hole drilled in their center and were filled with cheaper metals—which made the coins illegitimate and worthless if spotted. Primarily heard in US. I was so excited when my grandpa said he'd give me his car, but this old clunker isn't worth a plug nickel. Over the years working here I've come to realize that the boss's promises aren't worth a plug nickel.
See also: nickel, not, plug, worth

not worth writing home about

To be not especially remarkable or noteworthy; to be rather dull, mediocre, uninteresting, or unimportant. A variant of the more common phrase "nothing to write home about." A: "Have you eaten in that new sushi restaurant yet?" B: "Yeah, I went there last week. It was OK, but it isn't worth writing home about." His performance hasn't been worth writing home about so far. To be honest, we were expecting much more from him when we recruited him out of Dartmouth.
See also: home, not, worth, writing

not anything to write home about

To be not especially remarkable or noteworthy; to be rather dull, mediocre, uninteresting, or unimportant. A variant of the more common phrase "nothing to write home about." A: "Have you eaten in that new sushi restaurant yet?" B: "Yeah, I went there last week. It was OK, but it isn't anything to write home about." His performance hasn't been anything to write home about so far. To be honest, we were expecting much more from him when we recruited him out of Dartmouth.
See also: anything, home, not, write

not something to write home about

To be not especially remarkable or noteworthy; to be rather dull, mediocre, uninteresting, or unimportant. A variant of the more common phrase "nothing to write home about." A: "Have you eaten in that new sushi restaurant yet?" B: "Yeah, I went there last week. It was OK, but it isn't something to write home about." His performance hasn't been something to write home about so far. To be honest, we were expecting much more from him when we recruited him out of Dartmouth.
See also: home, not, write

be not rocket science

To not be a pursuit, activity, or endeavor that requires extraordinary skill or intelligence. Look, all you need to do is reformat the hard drive on your computer. It isn't rocket science! Sure, it took a little bit of time to figure out, but reinstalling the modem wasn't rocket science or anything.
See also: not, rocket, science

money isn't everything

A phrase downplaying the importance of money, often as an attempt at consolation. I know you wish you were in a higher-paying field, but you actually like your job, and that is important—money isn't everything. When you think of how many celebrities have had trouble with the law or have struggled with substance abuse, it's a powerful reminder that money isn't everything.
See also: everything, money

It isn't worth it.

 
1. Its value does not justify the action you propose. Mary: Should I write a letter in support of your request? Sue: No, don't bother. It isn't worth it. John: Do you suppose we should report that man to the police? Jane: No, it isn't worth it.
2. . Its importance does not justify the concern you are showing. Tom: I'm so sorry about your roses all dying. Mary: Not to worry. It isn't worth it. They were sort of sickly anyway. John: Should I have this coat cleaned? The stain isn't coming out. Sue: It isn't worth it. I only wear it when I shovel snow anyway.
See also: worth

It isn't worth the trouble.

Don't bother. It isn't worth it. Tom: Shall I wrap all this stuff back up? Mary: No. It's not worth the trouble. Just stuff it in a paper bag. Jane: Do you want me to try to save this little bit of cake? John: Oh, no! It's not worth the trouble. I'll just eat it.
See also: trouble, worth

Life isn't all beer and skittles.

Prov. Life is not pleasurable all the time; you cannot always be having fun. (Skittles is a game like bowling.) I don't really mind going back to work when my vacation is over. Life isn't all beer and skittles, and I enjoy my fun that much more because I have work to compare it to. When George's parents stopped supporting him, George suddenly discovered that life isn't all beer and skittles.
See also: all, and, beer, life, skittle

your heart isn't in it

you do not feel something is exciting or interesting enough to do I tried to do some writing, but my heart wasn't in it.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form your heart isn't in something: His heart isn't in supervising people.
Related vocabulary: not have the stomach (for something)
See also: heart

somebody's heart isn't in something

if someone's heart is not in something that they are doing, they are not very interested in it She was studying law, but her heart wasn't in it and she gave up after a year.
See also: heart
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