measure (someone or sth) (up) against (someone or sth else)

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measure (someone or sth) (up) against (someone or sth else)

1. To compare the qualities of a particular person or thing with those of someone or something else. Because I'm pursuing the same career as my brother, I feel like people are always measuring me against him. I just feel that modern architecture is missing some of the grandeur of pre-21st-century buildings when you measure them up against one another.
2. To place someone or something against a larger person or thing so as to observe, measure, or compare the size of one or both. We've been measuring our kids against the same wall for nearly 15 years now—there's a lot of memories on that thing! When you measure the new desk up against the older one, you can see that there is a noticeable size discrepancy.
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measure (someone) against (someone else) (or something against something else)

to compare someone with someone else; to compare something with something else. Daniel measured his brother against the boy next door. We measured the new building against the older ones and found the new one lacking in many respects. I measured myself against Tom and found him superior in almost everything.
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measure someone up against someone or something

to place someone up against someone or something else for the purpose of comparing size or other qualities. Please measure Fred up against Tom and see who has the best qualifications. Can you measure Brian up against the mark on the wall to see how tall he is growing?
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We hope other players in our industry follow because it's only then that the customer really has chance to measure one against the other."
He went on to say that once he had the tools to assess the output of a police force he would be able to measure one against another which would assist him to introduce means to bring the under achievers up to standard.
Although Fujitsu is a very large corporation (projected 1999 revenues: $1.2 billion), and management has had no trouble understanding the consolidated results, in the past there wasn't enough time left over after the budgeting process to break down each individual business and measure one against the other, Parker says.