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!
See also: candle, hold, someone
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