one-trick pony

noun

: 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 The commercial real estate downfall isn’t a one-trick pony. Sydney Lake, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 The new retrospective of the Dutch painter Frans Hals at the National Gallery in London—the first major exhibition of his work since 1989—is a slightly nervous event for the most talented one-trick pony of the seventeenth century. Zachary Fine, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2023 The iPhone's new Action Button is more than a one-trick pony Apple’s support page warns users that a device can get hotter when restoring it from a backup, using graphic-intensive apps, streaming high-quality video, and charging it wirelessly. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 2 Oct. 2023 In the same way that Apple is turning to services to offset a slowdown in its core iPhone business, Coinbase is no longer a one-trick pony that relies entirely on trading revenue. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 4 Aug. 2023 Who has space in their kitchen for a one-trick pony? Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 25 July 2023 Earlier this season, the SMU offense was deemed a one-trick pony, unabashed by its willingness to throw to senior receiver Rashee Rice whenever the opportunity presented itself. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 16 Nov. 2022 Tequila isn’t a one-trick pony. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2022 Midtown, for the most part, is a one-trick pony. New York Times, 17 Sep. 2021 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'one-trick pony.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of one-trick pony was in 1980

Dictionary Entries Near one-trick pony

Cite this Entry

“One-trick pony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/one-trick%20pony. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!