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can't hold a candle to (someone or something)

Cannot compare to someone or something; is not nearly as good or desirable as someone or something. The sequel wasn't bad, but it can'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

not fit to hold a candle to (someone or something)

Cannot compare to someone or something; is not nearly as good or desirable as someone or something. The sequel wasn't bad, but it's not fit to hold a candle to the original. John's fast all right, but he isn’t fit to hold a candle to Louise!
See also: candle, fit, hold, not

hold a candle to, not

Also, not fit to or cannot hold a candle to. Be inferior to someone or something, as in This hotel can't hold a candle to the Palace, or This new friend of his is not fit to hold a candle to his former buddies. This expression was already a proverb in John Heywood's collection of 1546 and alludes to holding a candle to provide light for someone, at that time considered a menial chore.
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The next day at three o'clock we were again at the door, and the footmen as before; we heard the silk dress rustle and the lady came down the steps, and in an imperious voice she said, "York, you must put those horses' heads higher; they are not fit to be seen.
We are not fit to lead an army on the march unless we are familiar with the face of the country--its mountains and forests, its pitfalls and precipices, its marshes and swamps.
This tree seemed to bear all the year around, for there were lunch-box blossoms on some of the branches, and on others tiny little lunch-boxes that were as yet quite green, and evidently not fit to eat until they had grown bigger.
He tweeted: "If he is not fit to be held to the standards expected of a Parliamentarian, then he's not fit enough to be a Parliamentarian.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen yesterday tweeted that if Mr Vaz "is not fit to be held to the standards expected of a parliamentarian, then he's not fit to be a parliamentarian and we should [expect] a by-election in Leicester East".
Joking aside, Bruce knows Agbonlahor can make a difference on the day even if he's not fit to play.
No, he's not fit: he's not fit to play football, unfortunately," said Redknapp of the 25-yearold, who has only featured three times this season due to ankle problems.
No, he's not fit: he's not fit to play football, unfortunately," said Redknapp of the 25-year-old, who has only featured three times this season due to ankle problems.
Summary: A judge has been told the man accused of assaulting pop star Leona Lewis is not fit to attend court.
Whilst I have every sympathy for Clr Smithson for his illness, if he were not fit to be there, he should not have been there.
Pennant panicked every time Ben Thatcher went near him while Julian Gray is not fit to wear the shirt after the West Ham debacle.
Jonathan Pigg, 33, of Reathwaite Farm, Westward, Wigton, Cumbria, admitted an offence that he had caused transportation of an animal which was not fit to travel.
Following a two-day hearing, Sylmar Juvenile Court Judge Morton Rochman ruled that Richard Newton was not fit to remain in Juvenile Court in the slaying of 19-year-old Christopher O'Leary, a former Littlerock High student.
If captain Michael Atherton and coach David Lloyd need help to motivate players they are not fit to be in charge of a Test team.
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