Potboiler
Potboiler Pot"boil`er, n. A term applied derisively to any literary or artistic work, and esp. a painting, done simply for money and the means of living. [Cant] [1913 Webster]

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  • Potboiler — or pot boiler is a term used to describe a poor quality novel, play, opera, or film, or other creative work that was created quickly to make money to pay for the creator s daily expenses (thus the imagery of boil the pot… …   Wikipedia

  • potboiler — 1864, in the literary sense, from POT (Cf. pot) (1) + BOIL (Cf. boil). The notion is of something one writes solely to put food on the table …   Etymology dictionary

  • potboiler — ► NOUN informal ▪ a book, film, etc. produced purely to make the writer or artist a living by catering to popular taste …   English terms dictionary

  • potboiler — [pät′boi΄lər] n. a piece of writing, a painting, etc., usually inferior, done quickly and for money only …   English World dictionary

  • Potboiler — Als Potboiler oder Pot Boiler wird eine künstlerische Arbeit bezeichnet, bei der die Intention im Vordergrund steht, schnelles Geld zu verdienen oder ein dauerhaftes bzw. stabiles Einkommen zu sichern. Es kann sich dabei um literarische Werke,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • potboiler — UK [ˈpɒtˌbɔɪlə(r)] / US [ˈpɑtˌbɔɪlər] noun [countable] Word forms potboiler : singular potboiler plural potboilers a book, film etc that was created only to make money …   English dictionary

  • potboiler — {n.} A book, play, or film written for the primary purpose of earning money for the author. * / Reading a cheap potboiler helps me go to sleep, the professor wryly remarked./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • potboiler — {n.} A book, play, or film written for the primary purpose of earning money for the author. * / Reading a cheap potboiler helps me go to sleep, the professor wryly remarked./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • potboiler — noun A book, play, or film written for the primary purpose of earning money for the author. Reading a cheap potboiler helps me go to sleep, the professor wryly remarked …   Словарь американских идиом

  • potboiler — [[t]pɒ̱tbɔɪlə(r)[/t]] potboilers also pot boiler N COUNT (disapproval) If you describe a book or film as a potboiler, you mean that it has been created in order to earn money quickly and is of poor quality …   English dictionary

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