Macguffin

World English Dictionary
McGuffin or MacGuffin (məˈɡʌfɪn)
 
n
an object or event in a book or a film that serves as the impetus for the plot
 
[C20: coined (c. 1935) by Sir Alfred Hitchcock]
 
MacGuffin or MacGuffin
 
n
 
[C20: coined (c. 1935) by Sir Alfred Hitchcock]

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