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marplot

[mahr-plot] /ˈmɑrˌplɒt/
noun
1.
a person who mars or defeats a plot, design, or project by meddling.
Origin of marplot
1700-1710
First recorded in 1700-10; mar + plot
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  • I'm sorry to be such a marplot, but you can take it out in quizzing me after I'm gone.

    Rose in Bloom Louisa May Alcott
  • marplot, an officious bungler, who spoils everything he interferes with.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Our only marplot has been laid by the heels at the very nick of time.

    Cripps, the Carrier

    R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
  • Did Ralston know that he had been considered a sort of marplot?

  • “And I have been the marplot to spoil this merry company,” said Mr. Owen contritely.

    Peggy Owen and Liberty Lucy Foster Madison
  • Oh my heart; why was I doomed to be the marplot of his life?

    Faithful Margaret Annie Ashmore
  • I did not wish to be a killjoy and a marplot, or I would have forbidden Fred to touch a foot-ball after he entered college.

  • "I must be a marplot no more," whispered Margaret to her humble friend, with a weary sigh.

    Faithful Margaret Annie Ashmore
  • Laura had stayed at home to finish a comic sketch of a village episode for the Monthly marplot.

    Grim Tales Edith Nesbit
  • Holding fast to these beliefs, Cimarron Bill rode forth full of an unconscious willingness to play the marplot.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis

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