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schlock

1. adjective, slang Produced very hastily, inexpensively, or shoddily; cheap, trashy, or inferior in quality. Likely From Yiddish. I'm working on a more literary novel in my spare time, but I pay my bills by writing schlock thrillers. I was raised watching schlock horror movies, so I've always got a soft spot for the absurd stuff created by amateurs with low budgets.
2. noun, slang Anything that is produced in such a manner or is marked by such quality. There is so much schlock on sale in those souvenir shops that I don't even bother going in anymore. My idea of an ideal vacation is spending my days in the sun reading some schlock on the beach.

schlock

(ʃlɑk)
1. n. inferior merchandise. (From German schlacke, “dregs” via Yiddish.) That store has nothing but schlock.
2. and schlocky (ˈʃlɑki) mod. cheap; junky; inferior. Schlocky stuff like this I can get from a no overhead mail order.
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A worthy entry in the annals of "Canuxploitation," writer Paul Corupe's term for our national schlock.
Dolen's pieces are novel and inevitable sounding, devoid of cliches, schlock or predictable patterns--things constantly happen in these works.
Only the schlock, the bad commercial stuff find their way to the marketplace.
They return to their native lands knowing that America is more than just a hodgepodge of Hollywood schlock, junk food, inane advertising, 1000 deodorant brands, and bad music.
Charles Paul Freund ("Big Schlock Candy Mountain," February) did not mention Mount Rushmore's most significant symbolic feature.
But more often, a campy celebration of schlock is just plain camp--or worse, just plain terrible.
Another slang term born of the Yiddish influence is oberverschuttgai-an extremely disagreeable person, a schlock of the worst kind.
And if "real" religion is finally a matter of pure, immediate experience, nothing could conceivably rule out the worst forms of New Age schlock spirituality as beyond the pale.
Any variation of heart-shaped schlock was up for bargaining in tiny stalls.
You might have seen the famous schlock film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, in which huge, round, red fruit of the vine run amock ("This, God help us, is a cherry tomato!") and can only be stopped by really bad singing.
There, deliberately, I browsed through the film magazines to fill my mind with Hollywood schlock and tittle-tattle.
Because women in particular have been dealt such a stream of romantic cinematic schlock, when the hatchet finally falls, it is all the more brutal.
(1966); the popular TV mystery series Murder, She Wrote (1984 to 1995); high-powered dramas such as Oscar winner Johnny Belinda (1948) and East of Eden (1955), James Dean's breakthrough film; nostalgic classics like Summer of '42 (1971), starring Jennifer O'Neill; and a few schlock thrillers, too - among them the salmon-monster saga Humanoids from the Deep (1980).
Chris Carter is the first to identify his own motive in producing his television program as nothing more than the desire to "scare the pants off" his audience-- a desire that has a long tradition in all sorts of entertainment, from schlock comics to sacred drama.
When yet another children's CD arrived in our office, we just set it aside on top of the ever-growing pile of cutesy, condescending schlock. but one day, intrigued by the simple artwork on the cover and the subtitle, we popped Like a Ripple on the Water into the CD player while we were working.