McGuffin

noun an object or device in a film or a book which serves merely as a trigger for the plot.
Origin
1930s: a Scottish surname, adopted by the film director Alfred Hitchcock, allegedly from a humorous story involving such a pivotal factor.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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  • McGuffin — variant of MacGuffin …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Peter McGuffin — is a psychiatric geneticist from Belfast, Northern Ireland.After emigrating with his parents at aged 10 to the Isle of Wight, he first decided that he wanted to be a psychiatrist at the age of 16 after coming across Freud’s Introductory Lectures… …   Wikipedia

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  • The Double McGuffin — infobox film director = Joe Camp writer = Joe Camp producer = Joe Camp starring = Lisa Whelchel Ernest Borgnine George Kennedy Dion Pride Greg Hodges music = Euel Box cinematography = Don Reddy runtime = 101 min. country = United States imdb id …   Wikipedia

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