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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.]
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potboiler

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

(ˈpɒtˌbɔɪ lər)

n.
a mediocre work of literature or art produced merely for financial gain.
[1860–65]
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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
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Translations

potboiler

[ˈpɒtˌbɔɪləʳ] Nobra f (mediocre) (escrita para ganar dinero)
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

potboiler

pot-boiler [ˈpɒtbɔɪlər] ntravail m or œuvre f alimentaire, travail m destiné à faire bouillir la marmite
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

potboiler

[ˈpɒtˌbɔɪləʳ] n (pej) (novel, musical) → opera commerciale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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