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 Incarnadine (To).Inchcape Rock. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Inch of Candle (Sold by).
A sale by auction. Instead of the hammer of the auctioneer concluding the bids, the purchaser was the last bidder before the candle went out. Another plan is to stick a pin in a candle, and when the pin drops down, the sale of the article is concluded.   1
“Down were tumbled miracle and martyr,
Put up in lots, and sold by inch of candle.”
Peter Pindar: Lyric Odes, xiii.

 Incarnadine (To).Inchcape Rock. 


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