(to be) a hard act to follow

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hard act to follow

"(to be) a hard act to follow"

to be so good it is not likely that anyone or anything else that comes after will be as good


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hard act to follow

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I'm so sad that Lisa has retired. She is the best manager I have ever had. She always pushed us so that we did our best work. She was kind and supportive and stood up for her team whenever there was trouble from upper management. She was strong, capable, extremely knowledgeable, trustworthy and a really good person.

Colleague 2: Lisa will be a hard act to follow. It will be very difficult for any new manager to live up to her. Any new manager will always be compared to Lisa and will probably always fall short.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hard act to follow

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: I hear you are going to be performing at the amateur talent show on Friday.

Friend 2: I thought I would finally go on stage and give it a try. There is only one problem.

Friend 1: What is that?

Friend 2: I go on after Theresa and she is so very talented that I am worried my performance will look really bad compared to hers.

Friend 1: Yes. Theresa will be a hard act to follow. All you can do is do your best.

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(to be) a hard act to follow - Gerund Form:

Being a hard act to follow the outgoing manager made it very difficult to fill the vacant position.

(to be) a hard act to follow - Examples:

1)  ... retiring CEO of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, will be a hard act to follow. In a demanding and sometimes controversial position, Waldner has displayed a diligence ...

2)  Now, coming off Beijing had to be a hard act to follow. The Chinese spent more money than imaginable, built exorbitant venues that were amazing ...

3)  ... a great team and it will be difficult for your replacement (hard act to follow). Christine, you will be greatly missed.

4)  ... his financial, technological and vision-expanding activities, which makes him a hard act to follow.

5)  ... the panic button because he was aware that Lambert would be a hard act to follow when he took over and he did not expect to be romping to easy victories.

6)  ... have a hard act to follow. But I am not daunted. 

7)  She tripled sales and profits, and is a hard act to follow

8)  ... be one of the most technically proficient directors out there and a hard act to follow. But it is in no way a sudden departure from the second film.

9)  ... very appealing cars. The E-Type was always going to be a hard act to follow but the company has to deliver what the market demands in order to survive.

10)  ... retirement, many people have been saying that she will be a hard act to follow. # Ian Russell is the man who has to step into those shoes and ...

11)  ... memory for a generation haunted by his album narration. While a hard act to follow, he definitely makes the role his own. 

12)  This was a hard act to follow, but the summer collection is as cute, if not even cuter! 

13)  Mum was a very hard act to follow. But she always offered encouragement to get to the top.

14)  Richard is a hard act to follow and I hope that I am able to fulfill all expectations over the next three ...

15)  He praised his predecessor, saying he would be "a hard act to follow" and noted his achievements with regards to finance, technology and scope.

16)  That, of course, is a hard act to follow. And needless to say, he didn't manage it. It's unfair ...

17)  She will be a hard act to follow, especially after the bounty of 2011.

18)  I like to say she is a hard act to follow, but also an amazing role model and inspiration.

19)  Big Bang is so well written and acted, it is a hard act to follow.

20)  ... ridiculously expansive collection of BBC America swag, it is truly a hard act to follow.