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


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.
See also: wonder
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So, what started off as a one-day wonder will now help customers overcome their stresses on a monthly basis.
England lost by 11 runs as one-day wonder Aravinda de Silva returned to work his magic in the the day-night match here yesterday.
Eaton, from Surrey, was a Wimbledon one-day wonder two years ago when, as a wild card, he got through to the second round.
"We're not looking for a one-day wonder, you don't need to look after a champion hurdler; it's about those who have been devoted to the game for a long time."
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WARWICKSHIRE new boy Darren Maddy arrives at Edgbaston with a point to prove - he is not just a one-day wonder.
YOU could be a little tetchy today and, no matter what the earthly reasons for it, you can rest assured that the astrological one says it's only a one-day wonder. Treat it as such.
The Aussies - unusually lacklustre but without one-day wonder Michael Bevan, Adam Gilchrist and Glenn McGrath - have just tomorrow's game against Northamptonshire to prepare for the meeting with Pakistan in the triangular series at the weekend.
Nick Knight is not content to be type-cast as just a one-day wonder opening batsman.
Like Pietersen before him, Buttler is attempting to make the transition from one-day wonder to Test match thrill-seeker.
He is good friends with Aussie one-day wonder Gilchrist, who will be hoping to get his country's World Cup cricket campaign off to a flying start today.
Rose Selwyn, co-ordinator of Nuneaton and Bedworth in Bloom - Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council's own version of the national competition - said: "It's not just a one-day wonder, it's a whole community working together.
"We knew what Armagh were going to bring and we wanted to show that Tyrone wasn't a one-day wonder thing," he said.
Tom Winsor, the Government's former rail regulator, branded Sir Rod's report a "one-day wonder" and said: "He is wrong to reject the idea of having major transport projects which will deliver really significant benefits to our country."