plating of iron or steel for making the shells of boilers, covering the hulls of ships, etc.

syndicated or ready-to-print copy, used especially by weekly newspapers.
trite, hackneyed writing.

the detailed standard wording of a contract, warranty, etc.
Informal. phrases or units of text used repeatedly, as in correspondence produced by a word-processing system.
frozen, crusty, hard-packed snow, often with icy patches.
Contemporary Examples

Ralph Nader Has Truly Lost It Michael Tomasky July 28, 2013
State of the Union Drinking Games Shushannah Walshe, David A. Graham January 24, 2011
The Conservatives’ Great Black Hope Evan Gahr May 18, 2014
Rupert Murdoch Isn’t Getting Out of Newspapers Andrew Neil July 21, 2012
Hollywood’s Nonsensical, Multibillion-Dollar Franchise Chris Lee May 17, 2011
Marco Rubio Really Loves Israel and Has Pictures to Prove It Eli Lake February 20, 2013
Bill Clinton’s McConnell Attack May Be What We’ll Remember From the Steak Fry Ben Jacobs September 14, 2014

Historical Examples

Carnacki, The Ghost Finder William Hope Hodgson
The Red One Jack London
Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl

a form of mild-steel plate used in the production of boiler shells
a copy made with the intention of making other copies from it
a set of instructions incorporated in several places in a computer program or a standard form of words used repeatedly in drafting contracts, guarantees, etc
a draft contract that can easily be modified to cover various types of transaction
to incorporate standard material automatically in a text


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