tough act to follow

tough act to follow

 and hard act to follow
Fig. a difficult presentation or performance to follow or improve upon with one's own performance. Bill's speech was excellent. It was a tough act to follow, but my speech was good also. In spite of the fact that I had a tough act to follow, I did my best.
See also: act, follow, tough
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The new owners will have a tough act to follow (See Letter, Hard act to follow)Picture: ANDREW TEEBAY
Mrs Hughes said: "Liz will be a tough act to follow, but I look forward to the challenge, and I'm keen to make my mark within my locality.
It'll be a tough act to follow, unlike the job of the judges, which is to be driven about from cafe to cafe (ie, ice-cream to ice-cream) in the company of some of the most fabulous gals I've ever had the pleasure to share a knickerbocker glory with.
That landmark 1985 version is definitely a tough act to follow and Pemberton, who is quite brilliant here as Lucia's gay best friend Georgie Pillson, has secured two superb actors to bring the warring queen bees of the seaside town of Tilling to life for a second time.
JAMES HENDERSON has a tough act to follow in Ralph Topping - the bookmaking equivalent of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.
And they soon realised he was a tough act to follow.
Experts have cautioned the outlook may get harder as Dixons has a tough act to follow in 2014 after a significant boost to this year's results from a lack of competition.
The no-nonsense head coach took over from Michael Maguire last year and had a tough act to follow in his former Super League and Challenge Cup-winning superior.
I'm sure that it is the ambition of all heads of state to be photographed by her side, and there is no reason to think that future UK Heads of State will not do equally as well, although she'd be a tough act to follow.
Danny Boyle's opening ceremony was always going to be a tough act to follow, but what did we get?
Hart accepts Tevez will be a tough act to follow after a goal-laden two-year stay.
Summary: Gordon Brown has a tough act to follow later when he takes to the stage in Brighton for his keynote speech at the Labour party conference.
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Mark Hughes will be a tough act to follow after guiding the club into the Uefa Cup.
When Bashar Al Assad became President of Syria in June 2000, he had a tough act to follow.