potboiler


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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
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