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tough act to follow

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hard act to follow

noun phrase

Something or someone difficult to rival or beat: Dr Nick's going to be a hard act to follow

[1975+; from the notion of a performer coming next on a variety bill]

tough act to follow

noun phrase

A challenging or daunting prelude: her portrayal of Cat-woman was a tough act for Michelle Pfeiffer to follow

[1980s+; fr the vaudeville ambiance where one performer succeeded another; one truism was ''Never follow a dog act'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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