doesn't hold a candle

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doesn't hold a candle

Is not nearly as good or desirable as someone or something else. Can also be used with "can't." The sequel wasn't bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to the original. John's fast all right, but he can't hold a candle to Louise!
See also: candle, hold
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Different churches and civil servants converged at the Palapye Main Kgotla on May 12 to hold a candle light ceremony.
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