a hard/tough act to follow

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

hard play
  1. : not easily penetrated : not easily yielding to pressure

  2. : not capable of being spread : very firm

  3. : having a harsh or acid taste

  1. : with great or utmost effort or energy : strenuously

  2. : in a violent manner : fiercely

  3. : to the full extent

tough play
  1. : difficult to accomplish, resolve, endure, or deal with

  2. : capable of enduring strain, hardship, or severe labor

  3. : unruly, rowdyish

  1. : in a tough manner (see 1tough)

  1. : a tough and violent person : rowdy

  1. : to bear unflinchingly : endure

act play
  1. : the doing of a thing : deed

  2. : something done voluntarily

  3. : the process of doing something : action

  1. : to take action : move

  2. : to conduct oneself : behave

  3. : to perform on the stage

  1. used for a standardized achievement test to evaluate suitability for college admission

follow play
  1. : to go, proceed, or come after

  2. : to engage in as a calling or way of life : pursue

  3. : to walk or proceed along

  1. : the act or process of following

  2. : forward spin given to a ball by striking it above center — compare draw, english


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