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

  While \While\, n. [AS. hw[imac]l; akin to OS. hw[imac]l,
     hw[imac]la, OFries. hw[imac]le, D. wigl, G. weile, OHG.
     w[imac]la, hw[imac]la, hw[imac]l, Icel. hv[imac]la a bed,
     hv[imac]ld rest, Sw. hvila, Dan. hvile, Goth. hweila a time,
     and probably to L. quietus quiet, and perhaps to Gr. ? the
     proper time of season. [root]20. Cf. Quiet, Whilom.]
     1. Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a
        time; as, one while we thought him innocent. "All this
        while." --Shak.
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              This mighty queen may no while endure. --Chaucer.
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              [Some guest that] hath outside his welcome while,
              And tells the jest without the smile. --Coleridge.
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              I will go forth and breathe the air a while.
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     2. That which requires time; labor; pains. [Obs.]
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              Satan . . . cast him how he might quite her while.
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     At whiles, at times; at intervals.
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              And so on us at whiles it falls, to claim
              Powers that we dread.                 --J. H.
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     The while, The whiles, in or during the time that;
        meantime; while. --Tennyson.
     Within a while, in a short time; soon.
     Worth while, worth the time which it requires; worth the
        time and pains; hence, worth the expense; as, it is not
        always worth while for a man to prosecute for small debts.
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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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