someone can't hold a candle to


someone can't hold a candle to
(someone/something) can't hold a candle to (someone/something else) someone or something is not as good as someone or something else.

For Walter, basketball and football can't hold a candle to baseball.

Usage notes: sometimes used in the form something can hold a candle to something else:

Not one of her drawings can hold a candle to yours.


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  • someone can't hold a candle to something else — (someone/something) can t hold a candle to (someone/something else) someone or something is not as good as someone or something else. For Walter, basketball and football can t hold a candle to baseball. Usage notes: sometimes used in the form… …   New idioms dictionary

  • can't hold a candle to something else — (someone/something) can t hold a candle to (someone/something else) someone or something is not as good as someone or something else. For Walter, basketball and football can t hold a candle to baseball. Usage notes: sometimes used in the form… …   New idioms dictionary

  • can't hold a candle to — (someone/something) can t hold a candle to (someone/something else) someone or something is not as good as someone or something else. For Walter, basketball and football can t hold a candle to baseball. Usage notes: sometimes used in the form… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • something can't hold a candle to someone else — (someone/something) can t hold a candle to (someone/something else) someone or something is not as good as someone or something else. For Walter, basketball and football can t hold a candle to baseball. Usage notes: sometimes used in the form… …   New idioms dictionary

  • something can't hold a candle to something else — (someone/something) can t hold a candle to (someone/something else) someone or something is not as good as someone or something else. For Walter, basketball and football can t hold a candle to baseball. Usage notes: sometimes used in the form… …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold a candle — Meaning To hold a candle for means to aid or assist. The expression he can t hold a candle to expresses the opinion that someone (he) compares poorly with another person and isn t competent or worthy even to hold the light for him. Origin… …   Meaning and origin of phrases