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.
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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.
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But while Christmas Day may be THE day he is able to pig out this winter, he is desperate not to be labelled a one-day wonder.
The Blair Revolution is no one-day wonder but just the beginning of a 10-year programme to make Britain better.
In a one-day wonder, Australian Backwell rallied with nine birdies and a bogey in a second-round 63 and took a one-stroke on Friday.
Mark Ealham, the Kent all-rounder who won the vote ahead of the one-day wonder boy Adam Hollioake, reached 53.
It may have started as a one-day wonder but the Great North Run experience is now a three-day event.
I was involved in the 70s with the Kerry-Dublin stuff and people said the hand-pass would be a one-day wonder.
That's the risk you run and she could end up becoming a one-day wonder.
ONE-DAY WONDER Bresnan is confident England can upset India ORDER OF THE BOOT Katherine Brunt, Bresnan & Michael Vaughan at the event .
ONE-DAY WONDER Woakes celebrates a wicket and (top) he clean bowls David Hussey
One-day wonder Morgan's dazzling 85-ball century at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday night catapulted England to their ninth consecutive win in all forms of cricket.
ONE-DAY WONDER Ian Bell has resurrected his career in South Africa
5-0-6-0 Umpires: S Fry and C Gaffaney SCOREBOARD OUR ONE-DAY WONDERS NE-England's highest ODI scores 180 - Jason Roy v Australia, Melbourne, Jan 2018 171 - Alex Hales v Pakistan, Trent Bridge, Aug 2016 167no - Robin Smith v Australia, Edgbaston, May 1993 162 - Jason Roy v Sri Lanka, The Oval, June 2016 158 - David Gower v New Zealand, Brisbane, Jan 1983 158 - Andrew Strauss v India, Bangalore, Feb 2011 154 - Andrew Strauss v Bangladesh, Edgbaston, July 2010 152 - Andrew Strauss v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge, June 2005 142no - Bill Athey v New Zealand, Old Trafford, Jul 1986 142 - Graham Gooch v Pakistan, Karachi, Nov 1987