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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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The 31-year-old almost turned his back on the sport in 2015 after a string of let-downs, with scheduled opponents leaving him having to face some of boxing's journeymen.
The author also states that we are a bad image and a let-down to the city.
THE down-grading,and now the likely disregarding,of Cammell Laird, is political let-down beyond measure.
AFTER a 21/1-hour journey from Leeds to Santa's Kingdom at the NEC, it was such a let-down.
The bridge on the River Kwai in northwest Thailand, I've heard, is also a major let-down.
The Christmas Day show, which pulled in 11million viewers, was extremely humorous, but the follow-up, which added another million to the Christmas Day total, was a complete let-down.