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noun [countable] literature     trope pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a use of a word or expression in an unusual way to help a writer to achieve an effect
  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    a recurring idea or motif in an artistic genre, especially one that is overused

    Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler kickstart the urban "tough-guy" detective trope.

    Horror writers have to work hard if they want to avoid the usual tired old tropes.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 18/06/2014

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snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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