Not that you can hold a candle

kingston_123

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On the abandoned liner, Greer saw a poster of Francesca is singing and he said to himself:

Greer: "Francesca." Nice t*tties. Not that you can hold a candle to the future Mrs. Greer, though.

What is the meaning of "Not that you can hold a candle"?
I heard the idiom "can't hold a candle to" but here it used differently. So How can I understand it?

Source: Ghost Ship (2002)
 

bhaisahab

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It means that she is nowhere near as beautiful (in that aspect of her body) as the future Mrs Greer.
 
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