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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Definitions for potboiler

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

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Citations for potboiler
Although it remains one of the most discussed works by Henry James, James himself soon dismissed it as "an inferior, a merely pictorial, subject and rather a shameless potboiler." Edited by John Auchard, The Portable Henry James, 2004
Discovered beneath the floorboards of an apartment in Paris where Proust once spent a summer in his youth, A Habit of the Knife is nothing more or less than a noir potboiler. Jeff VanderMeer, "A Brief Summary of Seven Lost Books," The Day Dali Died, 2003
Origin of potboiler
1860-1865
Potboiler entered English in the late 1800s. The expression to boil the pot meaning "to provide for one's subsistence" entered English at the beginning of the 1800s.
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