Hard act to follow



noun phrase

Something or someone difficult to rival or beat: Dr Nick’s going to be a hard act to follow

[1975+; from the notion of a performer coming next on a variety bill]

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not touch someone or something with a ten-foot pole
Also, tough act to follow. An outstanding performance or individual. For example, Lucy was a terrific group leader—hers is a hard act to follow, or Bob’s record is excellent—it 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.

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