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pale

2 verb
     
pale2 [intransitive]
1 literary if your face pales, it becomes whiter than usual because you have had a shock:
Kent's face paled when he saw that Rob had a knife.
2

pale into insignificance

to seem much less important when compared to something bigger, worse, more serious etc:
The amounts of money involved pale into insignificance when compared with the sums spent each year on research.
3

pale in/by comparison

to seem small or unimportant compared to something else
pale in/by comparison to/with
Today's economic problems pale in comparison with those of the 1930s.

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