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An object or person in a movie that has no use other than to drive the narrative forward. originally coined by alfred hitchcock.
the suitcase in pulp fiction
by Jeorge "of the jungel" Boosh April 09, 2005
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A phrase used in detective stories to describe the one vital clue that causes the whole plot to fall in to place.
Eg.

"I couldn't figure it out...until I saw the tube of toothpaste."
by The Truth October 20, 2003
A word discovered in the 17th century by viking hoarders. The literal translation refers to a tangible something that is the same or shares similar qualities with another.
mcguffin, homes.
by zoobinthe3rd April 20, 2011

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