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A phrase meaning "I will assist but not actively participate." This is derived from a period where apprentices would hold a candle for their master to work. Related to the phrase "couldn't hold a candle", when a person is being described as being so inadequate that they were not fit to assist.
John: "The engine is shot. I'll have to take the whole thing apart to figure it out."
Melissa: "I'll hold the candle."
by Cobalticus January 19, 2017
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