tough act to follow

tough act to follow
a tough act to follow & a hard act to follow
Fig. a difficult presentation or performance to follow or improve upon with one's own performance. •

Bill's speech was excellent. It was a tough act to follow, but my speech was good also.

In spite of the fact that I had a tough act to follow, I did my best.

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{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 every sense./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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 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 ► 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

  • 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… …   New idioms dictionary

  • (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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