hard/tough act to follow

hard/tough act to follow

An outstanding person or performance. The term comes from American vaudeville around the turn of the twentieth century and originally referred to a particularly good act that might make the one following it look mediocre by comparison. In time it was applied to any particularly successful enterprise or admirable individual.
See also: act, follow, hard, tough
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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