underplot

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un·der·plot

 (ŭn′dər-plŏt′)
n.
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underplot

(ˈʌndəˌplɒt)
n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a subsidiary plot in a literary or dramatic work
2. an undercover plot
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