pale in comparison (to)


1. seem inferior or less important when compared to someone or something else






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When it is said that someone or something 'pales in comparison,' it is important to note that it does not always mean the subject is in itself bad, it just isn't as good or important as the person or thing it is being compared to. This expression is common in both a social and professional context and has a similar meaning to the terms 'in a different league,' and 'can't hold a candle to.'

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  1. I enjoyed the movie, but it pales in comparison to the book it was adapted from.
  2. The food from the old menu pales in comparison to the dishes on the new menu. 
  3. The packaged bread you buy in shops pales in comparison to a freshly baked loaf from the bakery oven.

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  1. While our latest product is a success, its sales numbers still pale in comparison to our estimates.
  2. I think it was a mistake to fire Brian. His successor's performance in the role pales in comparison to his.

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