or boil·er plate
- syndicated or ready-to-print copy, used especially by weekly newspapers.
- trite, hackneyed writing.
Origin of boilerplate
Examples from the Web for boilerplate
The boosting of local Democratic candidates was boilerplate.Bill Clinton's McConnell Attack May Be What We'll Remember From the Steak Fry|Ben Jacobs|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those ideas are hardly original; indeed, they are Republican boilerplate.
The argument is boilerplate Al Qaeda, but many people in developing countries, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, find it persuasive.Death Squads in Kenya’s Shadow War on Shabaab Sympathizers|Margot Kiser|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I actually quit prefacing my Ralph Nader screeds with the obligatory he-gave-us-the-seatbelt boilerplate years ago.
This is the kind of boilerplate that U.S. politicians often say about Israel.Marco Rubio Really Loves Israel and Has Pictures to Prove It|Eli Lake|February 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I put in the legal notices, whatever news items I had handy or had time to set up, and stuck in boilerplate as a filler.Land of the Burnt Thigh|Edith Eudora Kohl
And this at, the end of it all, lined with boilerplate that even alcohol will not corrode and that only alcohol will tickle.The Red One|Jack London
I felt like a kind of human periwinkle encased in boilerplate and frozen with cold and funk.Carnacki, The Ghost Finder|William Hope Hodgson
British Dictionary definitions for boilerplate
Word Origin and History for boilerplate
newspaper (and now information technology) slang for "unit of writing that can be used over and over without change," 1893, from a literal meaning (1840) "metal rolled in large, flat plates for use in making steam boilers." The connecting notion is probably of sturdiness or reusability. From 1890s to 1950s, publicity items were cast or stamped in metal ready for the printing press and distributed to newspapers as filler. The largest supplier was Western Newspaper Union.