potboiler

[ pot-boi-ler ]
/ ˈpɒtˌbɔɪ lər /

noun

a mediocre work of literature or art produced merely for financial gain.

Origin of potboiler

First recorded in 1860–65; pot1 + boiler
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potboiler

/ (ˈpɒtˌbɔɪlə) /

noun

informal a literary or artistic work of little merit produced quickly in order to make money
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