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nounPlural Cinderella stories
Used in reference to a situation in which a person, team, etc., of low status or importance unexpectedly achieves great success or public recognition.‘the team ended their Cinderella story with a 6–5 triumph’
- ‘The story behind this film getting made and making so much money is perhaps the Cinderella story of the year, and the academy likes Cinderella stories.’
- ‘They are a Cinderella story of a band that started from scratch and became one of the biggest rock and roll bands of the last decade.’
- ‘It's a Cinderella story, about a ragtag group of kids who loved making noise, but didn't have a clue about precision or style.’
- ‘While I'm sure others have accomplished more against greater odds than he did this year, his was still a Cinderella story to marvel at.’
- ‘The favoured team fell victim to last season's Cinderella story in a shocking first round defeat in the playoffs.’
- ‘She was a Cinderella story at this year's U.S. open.’
- ‘The team moves from being a Cinderella story to a favorite.’
- ‘The band's Cinderella story isn't as clear-cut as the press releases would like everyone to believe.’
- ‘This year's Cinderella story is a low-budget indie that was lauded by critics and racked up five major nominations.’
- ‘The company's rise has been something of a Cinderella story.’
- ‘Some people have described your trip to the championship as a Cinderella story.’
- ‘The construction worker qualified by winning an online tournament and came to the final table as the Cinderella story.’
With reference to the tale of Cinderella.
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