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potboiler

[pot-boi-ler]
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noun
  1. a mediocre work of literature or art produced merely for financial gain.
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Origin of potboiler

First recorded in 1860–65; pot1 + boiler
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  • Fanny's First Play, being but a potboiler, needs no preface.

    Fanny's First Play

    George Bernard Shaw


British Dictionary definitions for potboiler

potboiler

noun
  1. informal a literary or artistic work of little merit produced quickly in order to make money
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Word Origin and History for potboiler

n.

also pot-boiler, 1864 in the figurative literary sense, from pot (n.1) + agent noun from boil (v.). The notion is of something one writes solely to put food on the table.

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