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set (oneself) up for a letdown

To set one's expectations so high that one will inevitably be disappointed by the outcome. (Sometimes hyphenated as "let-down.") I know you're really excited for this movie to come out, but I think you're setting yourself up for a letdown. John was so convinced that his relationship with Mary was perfect that he set himself up for a let-down in the long run.
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letdown

Something that is disappointing, usually because it did not meet one's high expectations about it. Not getting tickets to the game after my aunt promised them to us is a real letdown. Sue was really excited about her new position, but now that's she's in it, it seems to be a letdown.
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Since the release of The Beautiful Letdown, Switchfoot, whose transcendent live performances are legendary among the group's intensely loyal fan base, has sold more than one million concert tickets worldwide while the group's two long-form videos, "Live in San Diego" and "Switchfootage," have each been certified RIAA platinum.
Lucidene[TM] 370 - hard, non-film forming polymer used as a letdown vehicle for paper and paperboard applications.
Amy Gamble, a team handball Olympian in 1998, offers this advice to athletes considering retirement after the 2002 Olympic Games: "It is important to acknowledge that there will be a letdown after participating in the Olympics.
If the contaminant was present in one of the paint components, higher shear during the letdown mixing should have achieved the same result.
Unfortunately, in many paint manufacturing cases, especially with high solids coatings, the letdown process or the letdown solution itself causes the pigment to flocculate.
Lucidene 202 -- letdown vehicle for metallic pigments.
I believe that they are going to find out that it's not going to be a letdown in any form or fashion," said Plummer.
The only letdown was the group's choice of bland material and equally colorless presentation.
High pigment loadings (30 to 85%) provide high letdown ratios and maximum tinctorial strength.
A paste may be clean, but an overly rapid letdown, too large a temperature difference between the paste and letdown vehicle or vehicle-paste incompatibility may cause seed formation.
Flame-retardant concentrates in PS, ABS, and polyotefin bases supplied for varying letdown ratios.
Comments: V48510-GV is a fast drying, conventional solids, low tack free-flow QS letdown vehicle.
Comments: Surkovar 8050 is a high gel letdown varnish.
She said she plans to compete at the world championships next month in Calgary, but admitted to ``an Olympic letdown.
But perhaps the biggest letdown for fans is that this sequel is completely animated, as opposed to the more engaging combination of live action and animation that gave Stuarts 1 and 2 their innate charm.