from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Designed and made to sell without concern for quality; cheap.
- n. A cheap item.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cheap item designed to attract purchasers of other goods
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Made or contrived for getting small sums of money from the ignorant or unwary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something of little value, adapted to attract popular attention and thus secure a quick sale; anything externally attractive, made merely to sell.
- Made or got up to gain money; put forth merely to sell: as, a catchpenny pamphlet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. designed to sell quickly without concern for quality
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Well, I went on perusing the work, and found almost at once that it was what is called a catchpenny, and depended altogether, for its success, upon the fame and reputation of its predecessor of nearly the same name.
Rose believed Crossfire was "much too important a picture to be advertised like a catchpenny potboiler," noting that on "18,000 screens it can do more good than a whole passel of tolerance societies with fancy names on the stationery."
In everything one finds this frank acceptance of twin values which are not expected to have anything in common: on the one hand a quite unclouded, quite unhypocritical assumption of transcendent theory “high ideals”; on the other a simultaneous acceptance of catchpenny realities.
Start ending the environmental catchpenny of blended fuel mandates thatâ€ ™ s done squat to clean our air, but done tons to sully our wallets.
The distinction he made in his fictions — between novels and "entertainments" — was one that he first evolved to excuse himself for writing an openly catchpenny movie script in the form of Orient Express.
Reviews: ‘Caine is a talented enough and likeable enough performer to create the illusion of a mature irony at work on catchpenny material’ - The Voice
Don't let your lip curl at the catchpenny title -- the book contains much that would be of value to any writer.
As I have remarked before, you should not be put off by the catchpenny title.
You know already by the title that it is no more than a catchpenny.
This was no catchpenny coquetry; it was a genuine dread of undue familiarity.