"Hold a candle to" nghĩa là gì?

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"Hold a candle to" = giữ cây nến -> dùng để so sánh, có nghĩa là tốt hoặc đáng mong đợi so với người/vật khác.

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A lot of people don’t think that he or Andrew Garfield can still hold a candle to Tom Holland, but hey, we’ve all got our favorites. For my own opinion, Garfield was better than Maguire and Holland has them both beat in terms of youth (tuổi trẻ) and the overall Peter Parker persona (tính cách).

Johann Schmidt, the Red Skull, is easily one of the deadliest (chết chóc) villains (phản diện) that Marvel has to offer. Going beyond being Captain America’s oldest enemy, Red Skull has committed acts so atrocious (tởm lợm) that he is hard to hold a candle to.

"I was like, 'where? Where am I gonna be a leading man?'" Porter said. "There is not a bone in my body that is ever going to be able to hold a candle to the masculinity (nam tính), to the straightness, that the archetypes (hình mẫu) require.”

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