One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with negative Be nearly as good as.‘nobody in the final could hold a candle to her’
- ‘He dropped out of school at 16 because books couldn't hold a candle to golf and began studying visiting professionals.’
- ‘It was felt that the shadow he cast was so great, there couldn't possibly be a composer who could hold a candle to his colossal talent.’
- ‘But for me, they still can't hold a candle to the old Liverpool team of the late 70s and early 80s.’
- ‘The surprise 25th birthday party my husband threw for me was unbelievable, but it couldn't hold a candle to this night.’
- ‘Maybe it's because he knows most of the groups clogging up the airwaves today can't hold a candle to his songwriting skills.’
- ‘Kiffmeyer obviously can't hold a candle to Harris's achievements.’
- ‘I'd return the favor but you know I couldn't hold a candle to you.’
- ‘After all, I was writing only small bits of code; nothing I did could hold a candle to what a real program, running on the desktop of someone's computer, could do.’
- ‘Actually, this brand can't hold a candle to serious European dark chocolates, but it's fine in a pinch.’
- ‘At that time, Ric couldn't hold a candle to what they were doing.’
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