Definition of a hard (or tough) act to follow in English:

a hard (or tough) act to follow

phrase

  • An achievement or performance which sets a standard regarded as being hard for others to measure up to:

    ‘it was not easy being the second President of the United States; George Washington was a hard act to follow’
    • ‘And I'm thinking, Broadway, ‘Producers,’ that's a tough act to follow.’
    • ‘The producers knew that would be a tough act to follow.’
    • ‘He will be a hard act to follow but I hope, that as a long standing resident myself with three children in local schools, I will be a worthy successor to him.’
    • ‘It's a dizzying height that I'm not really used to, and it is a tough act to follow.’
    • ‘I realise that Andrew Hunter will be a tough act to follow.’
    • ‘‘Ann certainly left everything in good working order, she's a tough act to follow but I'm sure we can keep things to a high standard,’ she said.’
    • ‘The Commonwealth Games baton has been passed on to Melbourne, but organisers of the 2006 event admit they have a tough act to follow.’
    • ‘She will be a tough act to follow and rival fashion executives are speculating that she is leaving while the going is still good.’
    • ‘It's a tough act to follow and it's got rave reviews so it's slightly different.’
    • ‘As I said earlier, you have a tough act to follow, but you're highly qualified, and I'm sure you will represent your country well here in the United States.’
    • ‘He gave a huge investment of his time and was a tough act to follow.’
    • ‘P J is a tough act to follow so the best of luck John!’
    • ‘He's a hard act to follow but I relish the challenge and look forward to working with a fine team of people.’
    • ‘Jackson was a tough act to follow, but the two teams provided viewers with a spellbinding second half.’
    • ‘Stephenson can be justifiably proud of his achievements over the last three seasons and John has a hard act to follow.’
    • ‘Well, two presidents and a former VP are a tough act to follow.’
    • ‘She has been a great inspiration and she's certainly going to be a hard act to follow.’
    • ‘Mackay, who successfully oversaw a radical restructuring of the group, will be a tough act to follow.’
    • ‘One told her that she'll be a tough act to follow.’
    • ‘After the record setting game the week previous, the team had a tough act to follow, but the Canada West Championship was on the line and the Vanier Cup was only two wins away.’