a hard/tough act to follow

noun phrase

: 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.

Examples of a hard/tough act to follow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And that, paired with the spectacle of it all, will be a tough act to follow for New Orleans next winter. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 11 Feb. 2024 That is a hard act to follow, but the book provides an opportunity to spend time with the work in a more contemplative format. Vince Aletti, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024 Although Tina Fey returned to write the screenplay (and reprised her role as North Shore math teacher Ms. Norbury), the movie musical has a tough act to follow (creatively speaking; the film seems well positioned financially based on initial projections). Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 10 Jan. 2024 The Cincinnati native’s lone season at left tackle resulted in consensus All-America honors and a tough act to follow for the programs’ returning offensive linemen. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 10 Jan. 2023 Receivers this high school football season have a tough act to follow. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Yet another reminder that Cassidy, much like the hallowed Fours on Canal Street, will be a tough act to follow. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2022 Broly was a massive hit theatrically both in Japan and especially in the U.S., and that is definitely a tough act to follow. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Mississippi State’s Zach Arnett will have a tough act to follow The late Mike Leach was a Media Days legend who always had something interesting to say, whether about football or a completely unrelated subject. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 17 July 2023 See More

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“A hard/tough act to follow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20hard%2Ftough%20act%20to%20follow. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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