Definition of one-trick pony in English:

one-trick pony


  • A person or thing with only one special feature, talent, or area of expertise.

    • ‘They've been branded a one-trick pony as a result, but the trick has worked well for them, garnering a deal and possible television show with Disney and an invitation to play at the forthcoming Nobel peace prize ceremony in Oslo.’
    • ‘I've always said that if you can't go 2 for 10 from the field and still help your team win, you are not a basketball player; you are strictly a one-trick pony.’
    • ‘I always thought Iron Man was more or less a one-trick pony.’
    • ‘Spill all of your ideas into the oldest song on the album, to prove your group is a one-trick pony.’
    • ‘All Quebecers want a clean environment, said a new minister who seemed determined to shed his image as the one-trick pony known only for his pro-federalist trot.’
    • ‘They weren't a one-trick pony - a number of their tracks have a distinctly folk-rock feel - and they really enjoyed what they did.’
    • ‘Although as he increasingly reveals himself to be a one-trick pony, maybe I shouldn't get my hopes too high…’
    • ‘He wants to prove he is more than a one-trick pony.’
    • ‘‘It might be fine not to be a one-trick pony, but you shouldn't ignore the one thing you're liked for and do stuff nobody wants to watch,’ he remarks briskly.’
    • ‘The estate tax helped, but it's a one-trick pony.’
    • ‘Critics took note and realized the ‘rock guitar god’ was not a one-trick pony.’
    • ‘Sadly, Dead Long Enough confirms that he is a one-trick pony.’
    • ‘I have always liked travelling on unfamiliar train lines and, to be honest, found Barcelona to be something of a one-trick pony.’
    • ‘But Mr Kearney was more than a one-trick pony who took an axe to the cost base.’
    • ‘Whilst Alan Moore famously earns his living writing comic books (the best comic books ever written, mind you), he could never be accused of being a one-trick pony.’
    • ‘Minus the influence of the former Rangers starlet, they were something of a one-trick pony, or should that be a newborn wobbly foal still struggling to stand on its own feet.’
    • ‘Well, they're right about that - the problem is it's a very small answer because they have no real policies for local government: they're a one-trick pony and that pony is called Hatred.’
    • ‘Sweat reaffirms that Nelly is indeed a one-trick pony, with a mere three of the 13 songs offering anything new.’
    • ‘This little quirk aside, Hawksley appears to be an entertaining hack among thriller writers, something of a one-trick pony who's served up the Doomsday scenario three different ways in his last three books.’