in the shade

in the shade

In a state or position of inferiority, inadequacy, or unimportance relative to something else. As always, my good grades were put in the shade by my brother's football achievements. The new detective drama, with its ingenious setup and fantastic lead actress, casts every other thriller on TV in the shade.
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in (or into) the shade

in (or into) a position of relative inferiority or obscurity.
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Most summer bedding plants will not suffer from being in the shade for a few days at a time.