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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.
2 : to make or become less adequate, impressive, or intense <My science project paled in comparison to those of the other students.
The UCLA-bound distance standout relished every individual accolade that was thrown her way, but those honors paled in comparison to the postseason trophies that had evaded her Centurions team since 1978.
For Warhol, it was man who paled in comparison to the machine, not the other way around.
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.
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.
The value of contract awards made by civilian agencies paled in comparison to the value of awards made by the Department of Defense (DoD).
Collis said he was sure some record label would get behind a new Jackson CD, even though sales of his recent recordings have paled in comparison with his 1980s hits.
But that paled in comparison to Brentwood (10-3, 7-1) had to deal with Tuesday, as coach Mike Dirk was without Austin Hansen and Logan Hansen - his top two singles players - as well as doubles player Stephanie Marlis.
Leno wasn't the only one embarrassed by the spectacle, which paled in comparison to celebrations seen around the world from Paris to London to Washington, D.
Frustrating as those glitches were, they paled in comparison with last week's loss in the mail of thousands of absentee ballots.
Those moments were common during the 90-minute show, yet they paled in comparison to the thundering and well-deserved praise he received at the end of each work.
I won't say that they paled in comparison to what is said today, but they didn't have as wide a circulation,'' she said, grinning.