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nine-days' wonder

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nine-days' wonder

noun phrase

A marvel of rather short duration; flash in the pan

[1594+; the notion of a wonder lasting nine nights appears in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde of 1374]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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