nine days' wonder


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nine days' wonder

n.
A thing or event that creates a brief state of public interest or excitement.

nine′ days'` won′der


n.
someone or something that arouses short-lived interest.
[1585–95]

nine days' wonder

- An old term (c. 1325) for an event or phenomenon that attracts enthusiastic interest for a short while, but is then ignored or forgotten.
See also related terms for wonder.

nine days' wonder

Something or someone that achieves great fame but only for a short while.
References in classic literature ?
When Roderick Elliston regained entire sensibility, it was to find his misfortune the town talk--the more than nine days' wonder and horror--while, at his bosom, he felt the sickening motion of a thing alive, and the gnawing of that restless fang which seemed to gratify at once a physical appetite and a fiendish spite.
Both were now of the same mind, and there could be but the one ending; and it was the mild nine days' wonder of Genevieve's neighborhood when she and Joe walked out together.
The smiles of the great world would not keep hunger from the door; he feared that his fame might be only a nine days' wonder, so he decided to return to his farming.