Idiom:  hold a candle to


Idiom:  (someone/something) can/can’t hold a candle to (someone/something)

  • to not be as good or desirable in comparison to something else

Example sentences

— He may have the most beautiful girlfriend but she can’t hold a candle to my fiancee. Maggie is kind, beautiful and smart!

— Everyone on my street has a landscaping service but I have so many interesting plants, no one's garden can hold a candle to mine.

— Your horse is unbelievably beautiful. No one else’s can hold a candle to yours.

— No one can hold a candle to my mother’s quilts—the design and workmanship are superb.

— If you want to purchase a simple bouquet I recommend you go to Jack’s florists—no one’s flowers hold a candle to his and you can’t beat the price either.

— Wow! I don’t think anyone else's performance can hold a candle to your daughter’s piano solo.

— Isn't my baby an angel? No one else can hold a candle to her.

— After 50 years of marriage, my wife is still incredibly beautiful and kind. No one can hold a candle to her.


  • come near
  • measure up
  • be in the same league

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