one-trick pony

noun

Definition of one-trick pony

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

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Recent Examples on the Web And why is everyone calling Wilder a one-trick pony? Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Deontay Wilder takes aim at international stardom in rematch with Tyson Fury," 21 Feb. 2020 Very nice wine, proof that Citra wine isn’t a one-trick pony. Light to nominal tannins, dark fruit, faint hints of cocoa and spice, and berry on the finish. cleveland, "10 wines to toast National Drink Wine Day," 18 Feb. 2020 In others’ paws, the upshot might have been something of a one-trick pony, but filmmaker Son Jae-gon, adapting the material from a popular web series, lends it a beguiling — and often laugh-out-loud — allure, especially where the is concerned. Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Cuddly South Korean comedy ‘Secret Zoo’ delivers laughs and heart," 23 Jan. 2020 Known as a one-trick pony for his speed in college, Ty Johnson will need to grow his game to have a bigger role in 2020 with both Scarbrough and Kerryon Johnson expected back in the fold. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Assessing Detroit Lions' 11-member rookie class: The good, the bad, the future," 1 Dec. 2019 Gabriel, to me, is more of a one-trick pony with his speed. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Bears Q&A: Is Matt Nagy calling plays scared? Cheapest way to remove Mitch Trubisky? What are the realistic options for getting a new starting QB?," 30 Oct. 2019 Boris Johnson is a one-trick pony, and God knows for how long. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "While Washington is checked out, Macron is pushing to lead the Western world," 28 Sep. 2019 The notable shift to services (including Apple Arcade and the aforementioned Apple TV+) shows the company isn't just a one-trick pony. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Bull vs. Bear: Will Apple’s New Streaming Service Mean Upside for Investors?," 11 Sep. 2019 Many of Alphabet's non-core businesses continue to lose money, leading to worries that the company is a one-trick pony named Search. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Why Google is missing out on the tech rally," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of one-trick pony

1980, in the meaning defined above

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“One-trick pony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/one-trick%20pony. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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one-trick pony

noun

English Language Learners Definition of one-trick pony

chiefly US, informal
: someone or something that is skilled in only one area
: someone or something that has success only once

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