Where British Phrases Came From
Thursday, Apr 24, 2014, 10:22 am
By: Tony Williams
#25 Not Fit To Hold A Candle
This phrase comes from an insult that was used to describe a poor craftsman that really did not know what they were doing. It comes from the fact that they used uneducated people to hold the candle while they worked and if you were unable to do even this, then you were not much use as a person.