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(there's) no comparison

This person or thing is clearly and inarguably better than any other. This place serves the best pizza in town—no comparison! She might not be the most sociable person around, but when it comes to knowledge of classic literature, there's no comparison.
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pale by comparison

To seem less impressive when compared to someone or something else. All of my siblings are surgeons, so my art career always pales by comparison.
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pale in comparison

To be or seem less important, impressive, or otherwise deficient when compared to someone or something else. The film was enjoyable, but it pales in comparison to the original. Though that issue is indeed serious, it pales in comparison with the threat of drug abuse that is tearing the country apart.
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by comparison

When judged against something else. The film was enjoyable, but it pales by comparison to the 1975 original.
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in comparison

When judged against something else. Typically used in the phrase "pales in comparison." The film was enjoyable, but it pales in comparison to the 1975 original. Her writing is so strong that I feel like mine just pales in comparison.
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beyond comparison

Unequalled or peerless. I'm not surprised that Molly won a full scholarship to that prestigious university—her intelligence is beyond comparison.
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pale by comparison

 and pale in comparison
Fig. to appear to be deficient in comparison to something else. My work pales by comparison with yours. You are a real pro.
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beyond comparison

Also, without comparison or beyond compare . Too superior to be compared, unrivaled, as in This view of the mountains is beyond comparison, or That bakery is without comparison. The first term, more common today than the much older variants, was first recorded in 1871. Without comparison goes back to 1340, and without compare to 1621.
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by comˈparison

(written) used especially at the beginning of a sentence when the next thing that is mentioned is compared with something in the previous sentence: By comparison, expenditure on education increased last year.
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by/in comparison (with somebody/something)

when compared with somebody/something: The second half of the game was dull by comparison with the first.The tallest buildings in London are small in comparison with New York’s skyscrapers.
See also: by, comparison

there’s no comˈparison

used when comparing two people or things to emphasize that one is much better, etc: ‘Who is the better player, Tom or Anna?’ ‘Anna is — there’s no comparison.’
See also: comparison, no

comparisons are odious

To draw an analogy is offensive; one cannot compare apples and oranges fairly. This term was already so well known in Shakespeare’s time that he was able to make a pun—more accurately a malapropism—on it and be sure it would be perfectly understood (“Comparisons are odorous,” says Dogberry in Much Ado about Nothing, 3.5). The earliest reference recorded is from about 1430, and there are equivalents in French, Italian, and numerous other languages.
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The given comparison matrix does not represent the whole decision-maker's thinking, and its imperfectness is embodied in inconsistency among the intuitively given comparisons, as well as fuzziness of each comparison.
The comparisons are inconsistent with each other since s/he compares an item several times intuitively.
We reasoned that employees who are oriented to engage in social comparisons at work--whether or not the social comparison is relevant to their work--will have low levels of job satisfaction.
Hypothesis 4: (a) Work-related and (b) work-unrelated social comparisons will be negatively related with job satisfaction.
Upward comparisons provide an interest in achievement or self-improvement (Major, Testa, & Bylsma, 1991; Taylor & Lobel, 1989; Wheeler & Miyake, 1992).
Low SCOs have a high level of self-certainty and are more individualistic and more likely to make upward comparisons (Gibbons & Buunk, 1999).
Theory and research concerning social comparisons of personal attributes.
Numerous studies (see Botta, 1999; Brodie, Slade & Riley, 1991; Lin & Kulik, 2002; Richins, 1991) including a meta analysis that incorporated 156 studies (Myers & Crowther, 2009) have identified social comparison (Festinger, 1954) as one of the most influential elements in the body image process.
Engaging in upward and downward comparisons as a determinant of relative deprivation at work: A longitudinal study.
In the last few decades, investigators' interest in the role of social comparison in people who face some kind of threat has increased progressively.
Comparison, in fact is a step to making good choices.
On his appointment, Mr Wilson said: "This role is a really exciting challenge for me - Comparison Creator has developed a great offering that is used by some of the leading businesses in the price comparison sector.
Thus, it appears that users view SNSs as idealized places to facilitate negative social comparison [19].
He further added, "Our most important finding was that participants who feel Facebook is an important part of their lives also report more symptoms, linking social comparison activity with the perception of worse physical health.
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