doesn't hold a candle (to someone or something)

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doesn't hold a candle (to someone or something)

Is not nearly as good or desirable as someone or something else. The sequel wasn't bad, but compared to the original to the original, it just doesn't hold a candle. John's fast all right, but he doesn't hold a candle to Louise!
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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.
Helens, Mazama doesn't hold a candle to truly giant eruptions.
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