Macguffin definitions

məgufin
Something that serves as the impetus for the plot of a thriller, but that is of little further significance.

The book's MacGuffin, in this case a bit of microfilm, is sought by both hero and villain.

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(narratology) A plot element or other device used to catch the audience's attention and maintain suspense, but whose exact nature has fairly little influence over the storyline.
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Origin of macguffin

Used by Alfred Hitchcock.