pale in/by comparison to/with

idiom

: to seem less important, good, serious, etc., when compared with (something else)
The afternoon meal paled in comparison to/with the feast they had later.
Last year's losses pale by comparison with this year's.

Examples of pale in/by comparison to/with in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both films might pale in comparison to the potential cultural impact of The Apprentice, which stars Sebastian Stan as a young Donald Trump attempting to start his real estate business in 1980s New York. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 4 Apr. 2024 Their feats pale in comparison to the electric atmosphere at the Galen Center created last weekend by the incomparable wunderkind JuJu Watkins. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2024 For one thing, as accomplished as Ohtani is at baseball, his career 684 hits pale in comparison with Rose’s 4,256, the most of any major league player. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024 The financial hurdles, though significant, pale in comparison to the immense technological challenges these companies face. George Dvorsky / Gizmodo, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2024 All pale in comparison to the potential pairing of Nick Bosa with his older brother Joey, whose tenure with the Los Angeles Chargers could be in financial peril but also would cost the 49ers another chunk of equity. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 All of which boils down to the expectation that, while some attractive deals remain out there to be made, upstream M&A action for 2024 will likely pale in comparison to 2023. David Blackmon, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 While Queen Bey has released the second No. 1 concert film this year, its returns pale in comparison to Taylor Swift's Eras Tour movie. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 3 Dec. 2023 And private companies’ resources pale in comparison to what NASA had in the 1960s: a war chest that once ballooned to roughly 4% of the overall U.S. federal budget. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 23 Feb. 2024

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