One-trick pony



noun
1.
(informal, mainly US) a person or thing considered as being limited to only one single talent, capability, quality, etc
noun

any person or group with only one discernable trait, talent, or area of expertise
Examples

That actor proved to be a one-trick pony.
Word Origin

from act in Cuffling Cousins Circus of mid-1800s

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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