nine days' wonder


noun

an event or thing that arouses considerable but short-lived interest or excitement.

Origin of nine days' wonder

First recorded in 1585–95
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Culture definitions for nine days' wonder

nine days' wonder


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.”

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