hold a candle at English (WD) Of Explained:
Etymology* Probably from the custom of apprentices to a trade holding a candle so the master worker could see clearly. If a person was not even good enough for such a simple task, then they were worthless.
VerbInter: en-verb » holds a candle|holding a candle|held a candle
Usage notes* Typically used in the negative when something does not compare, as in the example.
TranslationsInter: trans-top » be even remotely of the same quality
Inter: trans-mi » d
- Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|в подмётки не годиться|tr=v podmjótki ne godít'sja Inter: qualifier » not (even) suitable for soles
Inter: trans-botto » m