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pale in comparison

To be or seem less important, impressive, or otherwise deficient when compared to someone or something else. The film was enjoyable, but it pales in comparison to the original. Though that issue is indeed serious, it pales in comparison with the threat of drug abuse that is tearing the country apart.
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In his eulogy for Flavier, Ona admitted that the government's current immunization and vaccination programs paled in comparison to what Flavier achieved 25 years ago.
Takings paled in comparison with last year, when Mamma Mia stormed to success in an "exceptional" third quarter.
But the cinema operator saw box office revenues' growth in the 43 weeks to October 22 slow sharply to 10.9%, from 24.3% for the half year, as takings paled in comparison with last year when Mamma Mia stormed to success in an "exceptional" third quarter.
2 : to make or become less adequate, impressive, or intense <My science project paled in comparison to those of the other students.>
BIRMINGHAM Chamber of Commerce and Industry hit out at British Chambers of Commerce director general David Frost for suggesting that Birmingham paled in comparison to Manchester.
For Warhol, it was man who paled in comparison to the machine, not the other way around.
The figures for other Asian outsourcing powers paled in comparison, with the Philippines, China and Malaysia receiving between 2 and 3 percent of the vote.
But the frustrations we had as reporters in dealing with the INS paled in comparison to the agonies inflicted by the agency on foreigners who lacked constitutional protection.
From our home in Virginia, Sharon and I have a direct view of the Fourth of July pyrotechnics on the Washington, D.C., Mall, but even those paled in comparison to this Aussie phantasmagoria of colored light.
The Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 caused major damage in the San Francisco Bay area, but its force paled in comparison with the great 1906 shock in that region.
Perhaps the exhibition's organizers feared that models or photographs of buildings would be less engaging than multimedia installations, but ultimately it was Diller + Scofidio's "art" that paled in comparison to their "architecture." Of course, their hybrid practice aims to muddle this distinction, and over the past thirty years many artists and architects have pursued an allied cause.
But it paled in comparison, so the retired farmer returned it and accepted a cheque for pounds 1000 - despite garage owner Kenneth Creighton's protests.
But in many respects, the live performances paled in comparison to the understated brilliance of the filmed portion by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal, excerpts from One Thing I Know.
Rather than delivering a surplus of international art-superstars, the exhibition served up a preponderance of young, unknown artists whose talents and ambitions paled in comparison to the distance their work had traveled.