can't hold a candle to
An expression describing a person or thing that is distinctly inferior to someone or something else: “Senator Nelson is extremely knowledgeable, but as a speaker, he can't hold a candle to Senator Delano.”
What Do The A, C, And T Of The ACT Test Mean?Into the heat and happy languor of summer, a chilly reminder of grades and scores is smacking students. Right now, people who took the ACT national exam in June are learning their scores. This may explain why the teens around you seem more ecstatic, despondent, or confused than usual. You probably know how it works: kids take the ACT or the SAT, learn their scores, then send the results to schools that …
can't complain, can't do anything with, can't fight city hall, can't help, can't hit the broad side of a barn, can't hold a candle to, can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, can't make head or tail of, can't punch one's way out of a paper bag, can't see beyond the end of one's nose., can't see the forest for the trees
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