a one-trick pony

a one-trick pony

A person, group, or thing that is known for or limited to only one unique or noteworthy skill, talent, ability, quality, area of success, etc. The app developers took the world by storm with an incredibly addictive game for smartphones, but they've really been seen as just a one-trick pony ever since that breakthrough success. As most readers suspected, the famed fantasy writer turned out to be a bit of a one-trick pony, genre-wise, with his debut novel in literary fiction being universally panned by critics.
See also: pony
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The show's youngest-ever contestant was known for his one-liners such as "I'm not a one-trick pony.
He's called me a one-trick pony, but I'll be a great one-trick pony for him.
EILISH McCOLGAN has vowed to attack her 1500m personal best to prove she's not just a one-trick pony.
But it's been great TV with Stuart Baggs offering such memorable quotes as "I'm not a one-trick pony, I'm not a ten-trick pony, I'm a whole field of ponies - and they're all running towards this job.
This is the man who, after leading his team to inglorious defeat in the London bus tour task, gave the most toe-curling and laughable performance yet in the boardroom ("I'm not a one-trick pony or a 10-trick pony - I've got a field full of ponies
A few weeks before the election, with Moore trailing in the polls by 50 percent, NBC political reporter Mark Murray wrote a column speculating that many Alabamians had begun to see Moore as a one-trick pony.
But though a lesser artist might have turned into a one-trick pony engaged in an unengaging session of "And there's more where that came from," Bunn has proved that his windfall was a real opportunity.
Up until his dismissal we were a one-trick pony, humping long,hopeful balls for him to lollop halfheartedly after, while after his sending-off and the subsequent substitution of the disappointing McFadden we became a different side.
The show is, let's face it, something of a one-trick pony - albeit one with a range of colorful bridles.
It's elegantly and sensitively made, but the movie is a one-trick pony, and once that trick is revealed (which I won't do here) there isn't a lot else of interest going on.
If Bausch is a one-trick pony, her tricks are our truths -- exaggerated, distorted, dramatized.
Added Paul Colonna, SVP and Head of Structured Products, GE Asset Management, "With MBS now accounting for nearly 80% of ABS issuance, we are in danger of becoming a one-trick pony.
A bit of a one-trick pony but a comeback would be no bad thing.
No, ``Shape'' is LaBute spinning his wheels, offering another sour candy to his fans, while deluding himself that he's not turning into a one-trick pony, at least when it comes to looking at relationships.
The obvious answer, which cleaves Reed fans from skeptics, is that he's a one-trick pony.