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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.
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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.
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"I couldn't figure it out...until I saw the tube of toothpaste."
by The Truth October 20, 2003
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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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