doesn't hold a candle

doesn't hold a candle

Is not nearly as good or desirable as someone or something else. Can also be used with "can't." The sequel wasn't bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to the original. John's fast all right, but he can't hold a candle to Louise!
See also: candle, hold
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Everett's maiden voyage as the icily brilliant crime solver, confirmed bachelor (ahem), and drug user doesn't hold a candle to the performances of his big-screen predecessor, Basil Rathbone, let alone Jeremy Brett on TV, But he'll do nicely until someone much better comes along.
The $13 billion Americans spent on Valentine's Day in 2004 doesn't hold a candle to the $220 billion they spent for the winter holidays, according to the National Retail Federation.
Helens, Mazama doesn't hold a candle to truly giant eruptions.
Sure, Mozart is good, but it doesn't hold a candle to that sound.
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