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MacGuffin
mə-GUFF-in
Part of speech: noun
Origin: British English, 1930s
1

An object or event that serves as a plot device in fiction, but is ultimately irrelevant

2

A storytelling technique that serves to further the plot

Examples of MacGuffin in a sentence

“In ‘Titanic,’ the Heart of the Ocean necklace was nothing more than a MacGuffin — propelling the story, but not actually important.”

“The critics said his story relied too heavily upon a MacGuffin and never resolved the mystery.”