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pot·boil·er

 (pŏt′boi′lər)
n.
A literary or artistic work of poor quality, produced quickly for profit.

[From the phrase boil the pot, to provide one's livelihood.]

potboiler

(ˈpɒtˌbɔɪlə)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) informal a literary or artistic work of little merit produced quickly in order to make money

pot•boil•er

(ˈpɒtˌbɔɪ lər)

n.
a mediocre work of literature or art produced merely for financial gain.
[1860–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.potboiler - a literary composition of poor quality that was written quickly to make money (to boil the pot)
literary composition, literary work - imaginative or creative writing
Translations

potboiler

[ˈpɒtˌbɔɪləʳ] Nobra f (mediocre) (escrita para ganar dinero)

potboiler

pot-boiler [ˈpɒtbɔɪlər] ntravail m or œuvre f alimentaire, travail m destiné à faire bouillir la marmite

potboiler

[ˈpɒtˌbɔɪləʳ] n (pej) (novel, musical) → opera commerciale
References in classic literature ?
I have said it was long after I had read those histories, full of his inalienable charm, mere pot-boilers as they were, and far beneath his more willing efforts, that I came to know his poetry.
Indeed a genre of novels on this topic arose, mostly pot-boilers, in which there was much talk of "German jackboots echoing along Whitehall".
These pot-boilers offer the saga of a young woman's introduction to bondage and sado-masochism at the manly, tanned and well-manicured hands of a rich older man.
The programme itself is typical of the choir's enterprising approach, never content just to churn out the traditional choral pot-boilers, but anxious to explore every byway of the repertoire.
They looked at travellers' tales with remarkable illustrations, medical dictionaries because there was no NHS, three volume pot-boilers because there were no soaps.
But at RKO she was cast in a series of pot-boilers such as His Kind of Woman (with Robert Mitchum), Double Dynamite (Frank Sinatra, Groucho Marx), The Las Vegas Story (Victor Mature) and Macao (Mitchum again).