one-day wonder

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one-day wonder

A person or thing that generates interest for only a short amount of time. The band's biggest fear was becoming a one-day wonder, soon to be forgotten when the next big sound hit the airwaves.
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a one-day wonder

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a nine-day wonder

A one-day wonder or a nine-day wonder is someone or something that is interesting, effective or successful for only a very short time. If the goal was simply to make people aware of environmental problems it was a great success. Our fear, though, is that this may prove to be a one-day wonder. When such an incident was occasionally reported in the press it was a nine-day wonder. Note: Other numbers can be used instead of one or nine. The right-wing politician had until recently been dismissed as a seven-day wonder following the success of his party in local elections. Note: `A nine-day wonder' may be related to the Catholic `Novena' festivals, which last for nine days.
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Although I'm sure I will one day wonder how I ever did without it.
One day Wonder Woman is battling the feral villainess Cheetah, when suddenly her super-powers desert her at the worst possible moment.
As with smoking in pubs, we'll one day wonder how drivers were allowed to swallow a couple of pints.
We will be present at the show to celebrate marriage not "cash in" on the one day wonder we call a wedding ceremony.
I admire the skill of One Day Wonders - morris dancers painted in oil - and the bizarre but striking Restless Serenade (conte pencil on paper) but turn to other pictures for my home environment.