[pot-boi-ler] /ˈpɒtˌbɔɪ lər/
a mediocre work of literature or art produced merely for financial gain.
(informal) a literary or artistic work of little merit produced quickly in order to make money
also pot-boiler, 1864 in the figurative literary sense, from pot (n.1) + agent noun from boil (v.). The notion is of something one writes solely to put food on the table.
A book, play, etc, written just to get money, esp something done rather badly by a writer who can do very well
[1864+; fr the notion that one does such work only to keep the food pot boiling in the domicile]
[pot-bound] /ˈpɒtˌbaʊnd/ adjective, Horticulture. 1. (of a plant) having the roots so densely grown as to fill the container and require repotting. adjective 1. (of a pot plant) having grown to fill all the available root space and therefore lacking room for continued growth
/ˈpɒtˌbɔɪ/ noun (pl) -boys, -men 1. (mainly Brit) (esp formerly) a youth or man employed at a public house to serve beer, etc
- Pot calling the kettle black
Criticizing others for the very fault one possesses: “I wouldn’t call him lazy if I were you, Andy; that would be the pot calling the kettle black.”
[poh-tuh-buh l] /ˈpoʊ tə bəl/ adjective 1. fit or suitable for drinking: potable water. noun 2. Usually, potables. drinkable liquids; beverages. /ˈpəʊtəbəl/ adjective 1. fit to drink; drinkable noun 2. something fit to drink; a beverage adj. early 15c., from Old French potable (14c.) and directly from Late Latin potabilis “drinkable,” from Latin potare “to […]