can't compete

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of can't compete

used to say that one person or thing is much better than another
  • Store-bought cookies can't compete with homemade ones.

Word by Word Definitions

can't play
  1. : can not

compete play
  1. : to strive consciously or unconsciously for an objective (such as position, profit, or a prize) : be in a state of rivalry


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