one-trick pony


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 Apparently, several coaches believe the Greenmen are just a one-trick pony with Shyanne Sellers, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. cleveland, "Breaking down district action in the Division I girls basketball playoffs," 12 Feb. 2021 The Backstrong C1 is a one-trick pony—more on that later—but that one trick is amazing. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Arse Technica rolls again: We review the All33 Backstrong C1 chair," 1 Dec. 2020 The e-commerce giant is long past being a one-trick pony. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Crashing Amazon’s Third Party," 10 Nov. 2020 In a world of one-trick pony kitchen gadgets, KitchenAid's classic mixer is a good multi-tasker. Medea Giordano, Wired, "19 Great Deals From Walmart's ‘Big Save’ Sale," 15 Oct. 2020 He was seen as a DVA one-trick pony but added Sigma to his bag. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Postseason Overwatch League grades: Dallas Fuel’s tank line suffers from coordination issues," 16 Sep. 2020 In its early days, Rhinegeist was often maligned by craft beer nerds for being a one-trick pony that only made IPAs. Matt Koesters,, "These are the top 5 breweries in Greater Cincinnati right now," 11 June 2020 And why is everyone calling Wilder a one-trick pony? Joseph Goodman |, 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

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First Known Use of one-trick pony

1980, in the meaning defined above

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one-trick pony


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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