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 for Worth the while
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Worth \Worth\, a. [OE. worth, wur[thorn], AS. weor[eth], wurE;
     akin to OFries. werth, OS. wer[eth], D. waard, OHG. werd, G.
     wert, werth, Icel. ver[eth]r, Sw. v[aum]rd, Dan. v[ae]rd,
     Goth. wa['i]rps, and perhaps to E. wary. Cf. Stalwart,
     Ware an article of merchandise, Worship.]
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     1. Valuable; of worthy; estimable; also, worth while. [Obs.]
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              It was not worth to make it wise.     --Chaucer.
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     2. Equal in value to; furnishing an equivalent for; proper to
        be exchanged for.
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              A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats. --Shak.
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              All our doings without charity are nothing worth.
                                                    --Bk. of Com.
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              If your arguments produce no conviction, they are
              worth nothing to me.                  --Beattie.
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     3. Deserving of; -- in a good or bad sense, but chiefly in a
        good sense.
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              To reign is worth ambition, though in hell.
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              This is life indeed, life worth preserving.
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     4. Having possessions equal to; having wealth or estate to
        the value of.
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              At Geneva are merchants reckoned worth twenty
              hundred crowns.                       --Addison.
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     Worth while, or Worth the while. See under While, n.
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