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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.
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If it is sold, new owners are going to have a really hard act to follow.
Brown was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Cunningham's task has been made even harder because of the amount of long-term injuries his senior players have picked up.
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.
Hannon jnr has a hard act to follow at the Sussex venue as his old man, Richard, dominated on the Downs before passing the baton on to his son this season.
He will be missed by thousands of Gazette readers and will be a hard act to follow.
And Ash certainly got into the swim of things - but she's always a hard act to follow.
Farewell gaffer - a class act, a hard act to follow.
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.
Summary: Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has warned that outgoing manager Guus Hiddink will be a hard act to follow.
We're a pretty hard act to follow," Lemmy told LA Weekly.
The band had a hard act to follow after their third album Because of The Times was a huge success.
A spokesman said: "Heather will be a hard act to follow and the choir hope they can find someone equally talented, enthusiastic and committed with a good musical background and the ability to conduct both choir and orchestra.