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one-trick pony

(informal, mainly US) a person or thing considered as being limited to only one single talent, capability, quality, etc
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any person or group with only one discernable trait, talent, or area of expertise


That actor proved to be a one-trick pony.

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from act in Cuffling Cousins Circus of mid-1800s's 21st Century Lexicon
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one-trick pony

noun phrase

A person having a single accomplishment: As he proved during exquisite ballads and mid-tempo tunes, he's no one-trick pony/ For years, Twentieth Century Fund has been known to investors as a one-trick pony (1990s+)

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