not hold a candle to (someone or something)

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not hold a candle to (someone or something)

To not be nearly as good, desirable, or impressive as someone or something else. The sequel isn't too bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to the original. John's a nice enough guy, he just can't hold a candle our last supervisor.
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UNDER Berti Vogts Scotland couldn't hold a candle to countries we would usually have wiped the floor with - but all Scotland is backing new boss Walter Smith to light the flame of national pride again.
I've seen all the great footballers, from the black-and-white days right up to the current modern day players, and in my opinion Rooney and Co couldn't hold a candle to the goalscoring prowess of Greavesie.
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Little Mix probably the best of a bad bunch, but this shower couldn't hold a candle to their US counterparts.
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