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2007.05.17(Review of 2004.11.17 edition)

It's every ambitious person's dream: You go to bed a nobody and wake up to fame and fortune. Unfortunately, success rarely happens literally “overnight”, but once in a while it does catch some lucky individual by surprise!

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OVERNIGHT SUCCESS   一夜にして成功した人(企業/商品)


  • A person, organization, product, etc. is an overnight success if popularity, wealth, prestige, etc. is achieved in a short time.
  • overnight success は、短期間のうちに、評判や富、名声などを手に入れた人や企業、商品のことです。



  1. Although the inventor's first few ideas never got off the ground, her extraordinary dream-inducing nightcap was an overnight success.
  2. Although he's now a legend in the jazz world, he was no overnight success. He got where he is through long years of hard work and an unshakable commitment to his craft.
  3. The recently opened chain of bagel shops became an overnight success thanks to some very effective product placement in the season's biggest movie.

英会話レッスンWe hope the day brings you some pleasant surprises!