hold a/the candle to the devil

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hold a/the candle to the devil

obsolete To support or approve of a wrongdoing. A: "Mother will be furious at you both!" B: "Me? What did I do?" A: "By not stopping him, you held a candle to the devil."
See also: candle, devil, hold, to
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