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hold a candle Explained

hold a candle at English (WD) Of Explained:



* 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.


Inter: en-verb » holds a candle|holding a candle|held a candle
  • Inter: idiomati » c To compare; to be even remotely of the same quality, skill, etc. as another.
    1. : The old computer just doesnt hold a candle to the latest models.''

      Usage notes

      * Typically used in the negative when something does not compare, as in the example.


      Inter: trans-top » be even remotely of the same quality

  • Chinese:
  • : Inter: trreq » cmn
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|pärjätä

  • 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