be not a patch on

Definition of be not a patch on

British, informal

  1. :  to be much less good, appealing, impressive, etc., than (someone or something) The new chairman isn't a patch on his predecessor.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a piece of material used to mend or cover a hole or a weak spot

    :  a tiny piece of black silk or court plaster worn on the face or neck especially by women to hide a blemish or to heighten beauty

    :  a piece of material (such as adhesive plaster) used medically usually to cover a wound

  1. :  to mend, cover, or fill up a hole or weak spot in

    :  to provide with a patch

    :  to make of patches or fragments

  1. :  fool, dolt

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