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subplot

[suhb-plot]
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noun
  1. a secondary or subordinate plot, as in a play, novel, or other literary work; underplot.Compare counterplot(def 2).
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Origin of subplot

First recorded in 1915–20; sub- + plot
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subplot

noun
  1. a subordinate or auxiliary plot in a novel, play, film, etc
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Word Origin and History for subplot

n.

also sub-plot, 1812 in literature, from sub- + plot (n.).

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