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Candle-holder

An abettor. The reference is to the practice of holding a candle in the Catholic Church for the reader, and in ordinary life to light a workman when he requires more light.

“I'll be candle-holder and look on.” —Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, i. 4.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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