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pale by comparison

To seem less impressive when compared to someone or something else. All of my siblings are surgeons, so my art career always pales by comparison.
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pale into insignificance

To diminish or lessen in significance, importance, impact, or value, especially over time or compared to something else. The horrible tensions and violence that used to grip this city have started to pale into insignificance as we continue this period of peace and prosperity. I've found a bit of success with my work, but it pales into insignificance compared to the works of the writers who inspired me.
See also: insignificance, pale

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.
See also: beside, pale

pale next to (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 next to theirs. Our work pales next to the things our predecessors created.
See also: next, pale

pale at (something)

To become fearful of, nervous about, or averse to something. Typically followed by "the thought/notion of (something)." I know that David pales at the thought of flying in an airplane. We paled at the notion of shutting down the company that our great-great-grandfather created.
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pale at the notion of (something)

To be made fearful, nervous, or sickened by thinking about something happening. I know that David pales at the notion of flying in an airplane. We paled at the notion of shutting down the company that our great-great-grandfather created.
See also: notion, of, pale

pale at the thought of (something)

To be made fearful, nervous, or sickened by thinking about something happening. I know that David pales at the thought of flying in an airplane. We paled at the thought of shutting down the company that our great-great-grandfather created.
See also: of, pale, thought

pale by comparison

 and pale in comparison
Fig. to appear to be deficient in comparison to something else. My work pales by comparison with yours. You are a real pro.
See also: by, comparison, pale

pale into insignificance

lose importance or value.
See also: insignificance, pale
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The underlying principle in its construction is that deer are confused as to the real height of the fence by the palings being at varying heights.
He'd stand awkwardly, one leg tilted against the palings that separated us, his eyes expressionless.
Running along one side of the park, between the entrances, were well-tended flowerbeds sheltered from the main road by wooden palings.
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The four, who were until then unarmed, grabbed the nearest available weapons - fence palings - and the bouncer was knocked to the ground.
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Gatemen and police were overrun, palings were smashed to the ground, and thousands invaded the pitch in fear of being trampled to death.
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It is still strong, but the fence leans further palings creak from the nail, shine like bone.