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Monday, April 09, 2001

Definitions for potboiler

  1. A usually inferior literary or artistic work, produced quickly for the purpose of making money.

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Citations for potboiler
The play was a mixed blessing. Through it O'Neill latched on to a perennial source of income, but the promise of his youth was essentially squandered on a potboiler. Jane Scovell, Oona. Living in the Shadows
If reading and travel are two of life's most rewarding experiences, to combine them is heavenly. I don't mean sitting on a beach reading the latest potboiler, a fine form of relaxation but not exactly mind-expanding. Stephen Kinzer, New York Times
Origin of potboiler
1860-1865
Potboiler comes from the phrase "boil the pot," meaning "to provide one's livelihood."