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Meaning of “can't hold a candle to” in the English Dictionary

"can't hold a candle to" in British English

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can't hold a candle to

to not be as good as the ​person or thing ​mentioned: Her ​latestbook is ​readable enough, but it can't hold a ​candle to her ​earlierwork.
(Definition of can't hold a candle to from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “can't hold a candle to”
in Chinese (Simplified) 不能和…相比…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不能和…相比…
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