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a hard (or tough) act to follow

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

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
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  • Stephenson can be justifiably proud of his achievements over the last three seasons and John has a hard act to follow.
  • He gave a huge investment of his time and was a tough act to follow.
  • And I'm thinking, Broadway, ‘Producers,’ that's a tough act to follow.
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Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
noun
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