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hold a candle to

Definition of hold a candle to

  1. :  to be on the same level as or as good as (something or someone) —used in negative statements <The new movie doesn't hold a candle to the original version.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

    :  to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

    :  to have as a mark of distinction

  1. :  stronghold

    :  confinement, custody

    :  prison

  1. :  the interior of a ship below decks

    :  the cargo deck of a ship

    :  the cargo compartment of a plane

  1. :  a usually molded or dipped mass of wax or tallow containing a wick that may be burned (as to give light, heat, or scent or for celebration or votive purposes)

    :  something resembling a candle in shape or use

    :  candela

  1. :  to examine by holding between the eye and a light

    :  to test (eggs) in this way for staleness, blood clots, fertility, and growth

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to take off or remove

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