Definition of not a patch on in English:

not a patch on


  • Greatly inferior to.

    ‘he no longer looked so handsome—he wasn't a patch on Peter’
    • ‘You realize that being clever hasn't got a patch on being rich.’
    • ‘I'm not terribly impressed; it's not a patch on the trio of trailers which are included with the soundtrack CD for Volume 1, which contain plenty of footage which is clearly from the second volume.’
    • ‘The problem is their PR machine is not a patch on that of Royal Bank of Scotland.’
    • ‘The line-up of performers is - in theory at least - not too bad, although it's definitely not a patch on the original line-up.’
    • ‘I can honestly say I found myself on a big night out in Newcastle the following night in a club thinking - not bad but not a patch on Kendal Town Hall.’
    • ‘Even as she lay beside him, Erin couldn't help but notice his lean body wasn't a patch on Cade's hard-muscled form.’
    • ‘As such, it's not a patch on the imported 1960s Oxford button-downs which I used to buy from Wild Clothing in the Eighties, for that authentic US preppy look.’
    • ‘It IS indeed very cold at the moment, but I think not a patch on the ice storms mentioned in previous weeks by our friends on the US East Coast.’
    • ‘To my horror there are no redeeming features left, the food is toxic, the childfriendly status has gone and the beer is not a patch on what it was.’
    • ‘Like the 25,000 of the Creative Scotland Awards, it's not a patch on a professorial salary.’
    • ‘Well, little do these West Coast business school evangelists realise that our William was not a patch on Scotland's own national poet as a popular guide to the hidden secrets of managerial success.’
    • ‘So here we are 21 years later, and even though the latest series sees the lads in Cuba and is not a patch on the first two, it's still the only series I feel obliged to watch.’
    • ‘It was OK, but not a patch on what I'd seen live. I loyally bought the next couple of singles, but quickly lost interest.’
    • ‘Last Sunday's annual Scottish football writers' bash - a word that has proved all too appropriate in the past when egos and drink mixed to ill-effect - sadly was not a patch on its former rumbustious incarnations.’
    • ‘The skiing itself was good, but not a patch on St Anton.’
    • ‘It's not a patch on the dream dashes from the likes of BMW and Audi, but it is well-made, unusual rather than bland, and the steering wheel - an almost direct lift from the old Three - is a comfortable leather affair.’
    • ‘It's not a patch on what I have at the moment, but perhaps it'll grow on me.’
    • ‘It's not bad, but it's not a patch on Cities of Foam - driving guitar line and echoey, pretentious-sounding sub-Bono vocals.’
    • ‘The Sopranos was also excellent last night even though it was a quiet introduction to Season 4 and not a patch on some previous episodes.’