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- n. 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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- n. (film) a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot
Used by Alfred Hitchcock. (Wiktionary)