subplot

[ suhb-plot ]
/ ˈsʌbˌplɒt /

noun

a secondary or subordinate plot, as in a play, novel, or other literary work; underplot.Compare counterplot(def 2).

Origin of subplot

First recorded in 1915–20; sub- + plot
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subplot
/ (ˈsʌbˌplɒt) /

noun

a subordinate or auxiliary plot in a novel, play, film, etc
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