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One entry found for MacGuffin.
Main Entry: Mac·Guf·fin
Variant(s): or Mc·Guf·fin /mschwa-primarystressgschwaf-schwan/
Function: noun
Etymology: coined by Alfred Hitchcock, died 1980, British film director
: something (as an object) in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance

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