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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Burgess’ one-trick pony gallops haltingly, and a modest staging by Dark & Stormy Productions does little to bring it winningly across the wire. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: Dark & Stormy’s ‘Dry Powder’ is a one-trick pony that gallops haltingly," 7 June 2019 That highlights a potential liability for vet candidates: being labeled as one-trick ponies, with their military records as the sum of their qualifications. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Democrats Recruit Veterans as Candidates in Bid to Retake the House," 24 Oct. 2018 Pegasus was a one-trick pony, and her trick could be done by other platforms, including missile-carrying aircraft that the U.S. Navy already had in the hundreds. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "When the U.S. Navy Had Tiny Hot Rods That Flew Over the Sea," 23 Dec. 2015 The camera isn't very impressive next to those in some smartphones, and $250 is a steep price for a one-trick pony. David Pogue, Scientific American, "The “Clips” Camera Just Might Be the Weirdest Product Ever," 1 May 2018 After suffering a broken bone in January, he's been on the sidelines, but Love is anything but a one-trick pony. Justin Kirkland, Esquire, "Kevin Love Might Be the NBA's Biggest Movie Buff," 2 Mar. 2018 Like a one-trick pony: domination, anger, and aggression all the time. Michael Reichert, The Atlantic, "Male Violence Is Everywhere," 26 Feb. 2018 Winning the San Antonio event is lot like winning the Texas barbecue Super Bowl, but Hoel has proven that was never a one-trick pony. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A.’s gentle giant of BBQ hopes to win at rodeo cookoff," 23 Jan. 2018 The authors note that a variety of other calculations, like factorization and matrix manipulations, can be performed using phase change memory arrays, meaning this isn't a one-trick pony. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Who needs a CPU? Phase change memory acts as an analog computer," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of one-trick pony

1980, in the meaning defined above

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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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