be a hard act to follow

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be a hard act to follow

To be so interesting and/or impressive as to overshadow all the following acts. She is such a talented singer that she'll be a hard act to follow in the talent show.
See also: act, follow, hard

be a hard/tough act to follow

to be so good it is not likely that anyone or anything else that comes after will be as good Last year's thrilling Super Bowl, when the New York Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19 will be a hard act to follow. The new Chairman knows his predecessor is a tough act to follow.
See also: act, follow, hard