McGuffin


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McGuffin

(məˈɡʌfɪn) or

MacGuffin

n
1. (Film) an object or event in a book or a film that serves as the impetus for the plot
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an object or event in a book or a film that serves as the impetus for the plot
[C20: coined (c. 1935) by Sir Alfred Hitchcock]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.McGuffin - (film) a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot; "the McGuffin was a key element of Alfred Hitchcock's films"
plot element - a component or element of the plot of a story
cinema, film, celluloid - a medium that disseminates moving pictures; "theater pieces transferred to celluloid"; "this story would be good cinema"; "film coverage of sporting events"
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AHPA's comments focus on minimizing costs of implementation by reducing redundancies and maximizing regulatory flexibility, and clarifying the specific language of these rules to eliminate as much confusion as possible when the rules are implemented," said AHPA President Michael McGuffin.
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