holds a candle to

phrase

present tense third-person singular of hold a candle to
as in compares (with)
to come near or nearer to in character or quality This "guilt free" macaroni and cheese doesn't hold a candle to the real thing.

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“Holds a candle to.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/holds%20a%20candle%20to. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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