hard act to follow


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a hard act to follow

Someone or something so exemplary that it overshadows anything that follows. I don't know how Mel's replacement will be received by the staff. He was so admired and respected that he'll be a tough act to follow. That award-winning play will be a tough act to follow on Broadway.
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hard act to follow

Also, tough act to follow. An outstanding performance or individual. For example, Lucy was a terrific group leader-hers is a hard act to follow, or Bob's record is excellent-it will be a tough act to follow. This expression, dating from about 1900, was originally used for a particularly good vaudeville act that made the next act look poor by comparison. It soon was extended to other enterprises.
See also: act, follow, hard
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Carwyn a hard act to follow WHICHEVER system Welsh Labour choose to elect a new leader, (Daily Post Tuesday), the current leader Carwyn Jones will be a hard act to follow.
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Upon taking over his new post, Dick said: "Bill Drummond will be a hard act to follow, but I am condent that working with a great team and a strong board, SCDI will continue to play a leading role in shaping Scotland's future success.
He will be a very hard act to follow but I am looking forward to the campaign.
Azar Jammine, chief economist of advisory service Econometrix said, No matter how you look at it, Marcus is going to be a hard act to follow .
Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, said: "While we recognise that Tommy the Trumpeter is a hard act to follow, this is a new era for the Summer Festival.
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Jonathan Ford, chief executive of the FAW, said: "John will be a hard act to follow for sure, but in appointing Gwyn, we are confident that we have found somebody to take on this opportunity and deliver.
Even for Simon Cowell, last night was a hard act to follow.