one-trick pony

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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

one-trick pony (or horse)

someone or something specializing in only one area, having only one talent, or of limited ability. chiefly US
2005 DVD Verdict Joan Collins…may be a one-trick pony (she's been playing nothing but variations on her Alexis Carrington for the past twenty years), but what a trick it is.
See also: pony
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The Futureheads are out to prove they're no one-trick pony.
Ultimately, The Meaning of Tingo is a good novelty book that would make an excellent stocking filler, but the fact remains that it's a one-trick pony, and that probably means the same in whatever language you care to choose.
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.
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.
Although bemused by the fact that Viagra has become a pop cultural phenomenon, William Steere, CEO since February 1991, is quick to point out that Pfizer is not a one-trick pony.
And in case anyone thought Scott was a one-trick pony, he threw in some psychedelic air hostesses and va-va-voom mermaids as well.
e two full backs get forward and provide that balance, (Nathaniel) Clyne and (Ryan) Bertrand have been the two most consistent players for this side, ey are de-nitely not a one-trick pony.
Ten years ago, we were something of a one-trick pony.
He's long since proved to be much more than a one-trick pony with memorable performances in diverse films.
But for much of the time Maria Sharapova's Bulgarian beau, 22, is a one-trick pony who punters can oppose readily.
RICHARD Hughes proved he is certainly no one-trick pony with a deft front-running ride aboard Libranno in the Supreme Stakes at Goodwood yesterday.
Stuart, who lost out on the EUR115,000 Apprentice job to Stella English, 31, became famed for his boardroom soundbites such as: "I'm not a coming one-trick pony, I'm not a 10-trick pony - I've got a field of ponies waiting to literally run towards this (job).
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.
29 (ANI): England fast bowler James Anderson has said that he is not a one-trick pony and is poised to prove his versatility with the ball against Australia in the Ashes next month.