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addaword.gifdefinition of MacGuffin

noun
(also Maguffin)
a plot device, especially in film, in the form of the thing that motivates the protagonist but with no explanation or reason why it is so important. The term was popularised by the director Alfred Hitchcock.
The whole point of the MacGuffin is that it is irrelevant.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/06/2013 17:04:00
Definition of MacGuffin from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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