nine days' wonder


noun

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

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Origin of nine days' wonder

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

nine-days wonder

noun

something that arouses great interest, but only for a short period
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Cultural 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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