pale beside/next to something

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pale beside (someone or something)

To be or seem less important, impressive, or otherwise deficient when compared to someone or something else. All of my siblings are surgeons, so I always feel like my career in art pales beside theirs. Our work pales beside the things our predecessors created.
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pale beside someone or something

Fig. to appear to be weak or unimportant when compared to someone or something. He is competent, but he pales beside Fran. My meager effort pales beside your masterpiece.
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ˈpale beside/next to something

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ˈpale in/by comparison (with/to something)

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ˈpale into insignificance

seem less important when compared with something else: Last year’s riots pale in comparison with this latest outburst of violence.
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Scripted at a pedestrian pace by Peter O'Brien, Unlocked squanders an Oscar-calibre cast including Michael Douglas, John Malkovich and Toni Collette, and provides talented Swedish actress Noomi Rapace with another lead role that pales next to her scintillating turn as Lisbeth Salander in the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
DIRECTOR Michael Apted's flat-footed espionage thriller, which charts a race against time to avert a biological weapon attack on the capital squanders an Oscarcalibre cast including Michael Douglas, John Malkovich and Toni Collette, and provides talented Swedish actress Noomi Rapace with another thankless lead role that pales next to her scintillating turn as avenging angel Lisbeth Salander in the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and its sequels.
En passant, Cardona's movie-star beauty pales next to her writing and intellect.
But the bigger message is a noble one: A simple and often surprising chain of reasoning can lead to powerful insights about the universe, and reading about the cosmos pales next to interacting with stand-ins for its grandeur.
Though it pales next to malaria, Zika is yet another dangerous mosquito-borne illness.
While there is a small risk of stroke, that risk often pales next to the poor quality of life experienced by someone with a failing left ventricle.
Edgerton pales next to Depp while Cumberbatch is given comparatively little screen time to flesh out his suited power broker.
Edgerton pales next to Depp and Cumberbatch has limited screen time to add flesh to the bare bones of his suited power broker.
While James is taking the trek seriously, he said his preparation pales next to that of his bandmate.
But it pales next to what Stern and his colleagues have at their fingertips with New Horizons.
Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller pales next to his own divinely inspired Heavenly Creatures.
The film pales next to Alien and the first sequel, helmed with testosterone-fuelled brio by James Cameron.
Besides, the estimates that the FAA give for potential lost revenue - $48 million - to airplane commerce pales next to the $67 million that would be saved in not having to retrofit more Valley homes with special windows, doors and air-circulation units.
THE nightmare is as much for the two-dimensional characters as for us because Pandorum is a headache-inducing game of cat and mouse in a labyrinth of dimly lit tunnels that pales next to Alien and its sequel.
The nine second dash to 100km/h pales next to the more powerful version but it still feels pretty lively.