one-trick pony

noun

Definition of one-trick pony

: one that is skilled in only one area also : one that has success only once

Examples of one-trick pony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At this point in his career, Taven Bryan is one-trick pony. Lance Reisland, cleveland, 15 Apr. 2022 Beyond that, though, Wiley’s picture is a one-trick pony. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 This piece of cookware is far from a one-trick pony. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appétit, 21 Jan. 2022 As much as the range of TV production and streaming viewing has spread, the theatrical motion picture business narrowed to practically a one-trick pony in 2021. Howard Homonoff, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 After paring down its ancillary operations last year, Airbnb remains a one-trick pony in home sharing. Laura Forman, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2021 Vejsicky, a Virginia Tech signee, is far more than a one-trick pony, setting up teammates at the offensive end and putting her length to good use at the defensive end, leading Newark’s pressure defense. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, 19 Nov. 2021 That is perhaps because the Instant Pot isn’t a one-trick pony, but has a wide range of capabilities. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 Grohl has never been mistaken for a one-trick pony. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 25 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of one-trick pony

1980, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries Near one-trick pony

one-track

one-trick pony

one-two

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Last Updated

26 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“One-trick pony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/one-trick%20pony. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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