hold a candle to (someone or something)

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hold a candle to (someone or something)

To compare to someone or something; to be as good or desirable as someone or something. Often used in the negative to mean the opposite. I'm really surprised that the sequel holds a candle to the original. John's fast all right, but he can't hold a candle to Louise!
See also: candle, hold

hold a candle to

To compare favorably with: This film doesn't hold a candle to his previous ones.
See also: candle, hold
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