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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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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