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nine days' wonder

noun
1.
an event or thing that arouses considerable but short-lived interest or excitement.
Origin of nine days' wonder
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95
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nine days' wonder in Culture

nine days' wonder definition


Someone or something that is famous and celebrated for only a short time: “Last year the art critics praised Jonas as if he were a master, but he turned out to be a nine days' wonder.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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