boil the pot

boil the pot

To make a dinner that involves boiling food. Primarily heard in US. I already boiled the pot, so we can eat shortly. I just need to get all the meat and vegetables onto plates.
See also: boil, pot
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Mrs Patterson from Durham asked: "Where does the expression 'potboiler' comes from?'' Anne Speed of Newcastle answered: "Potboiler originated in the 1860s from the phrase 'boil the pot' which meant to provide one's livelihood."
Whoever said that beauty doesn't boil the pot (of gold) simply didn't know what they were talking about...