be a tough act to follow

be a tough act to follow
to be so good it is not likely that anyone or anything else that comes after will be as good.

Last year's thrilling Super Bowl, when the New York Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19 will be a hard act to follow.

The new Chairman knows his predecessor is a tough act to follow.


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  • tough act to follow — See a tough act to follow …   English idioms

  • tough act to follow — {n. phr.} A speech, performance, or activity of such superior quality that the person next in line feels and thinks that it would be very difficult to match it in quality. * /Sir Lawrence Olivier s performance of Hamlet was a tough act to follow… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tough act to follow — {n. phr.} A speech, performance, or activity of such superior quality that the person next in line feels and thinks that it would be very difficult to match it in quality. * /Sir Lawrence Olivier s performance of Hamlet was a tough act to follow… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tough\ act\ to\ follow — n. phr. A speech, performance, or activity of such superior quality that the person next in line feels and thinks that it would be very difficult to match it in quality. Sir Lawrence Olivier s performance of Hamlet was a tough act to follow in… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • a hard/tough act to follow — someone or something that has been so successful that it is very difficult for the person or thing coming next to be as good Yesterday s thrilling victory will be a tough act to follow. • • • Main Entry: ↑follow …   Useful english dictionary

  • be a tough act to follow — be a hard/tough act to follow INFORMAL ► to be so good that it is unlikely that anyone or anything that comes after will be as good: »The company could lose momentum without its chief executive, who will be a hard act to follow. Main Entry: ↑act …   Financial and business terms

  • be a tough act to follow — be a hard/​tough act to follow informal phrase to do something so well that others who do it after you do not feel very confident about being successful Ken’s a hard act to follow, but I’ll do my best. Thesaurus: to do something well or better… …   Useful english dictionary

  • a tough act to follow — a tough (or hard) act to follow an achievement or performance that sets a standard regarded as being difficult for others to measure up to * * * a tough act to follow see ↑follow • • • Main Entry: ↑tough …   Useful english dictionary

  • be a hard/tough act to follow — INFORMAL ► to be so good that it is unlikely that anyone or anything that comes after will be as good: »The company could lose momentum without its chief executive, who will be a hard act to follow. Main Entry: ↑act …   Financial and business terms

  • (a) tough act to follow — a ˌhard/ˌtough act to ˈfollow idiom a person who is so good or successful at sth that it will be difficult for anyone else coming after them to be as good or successful • She has been an excellent principal and will be a hard act to follow.… …   Useful english dictionary

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