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Also: McGuffinan object, event, or character in a story that lacks intrinsic importance but serves to set and keep the plot in motion
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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]
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|Noun||1.||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
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