hard act to follow

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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 leaderhers is a hard act to follow, or Bob's record is excellentit 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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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