A plot or movie device that raises a seemingly crucial question in the minds of the audience, but may well be a cunning deception: The writers wanted a MacGuffin which would set up a series of absurd rules for us/ You still haven’t told me what the McGuffin is. Why were the government and Mr Dsointerested
[1930s+;firstusedbythedirectorAlfred Hitchcock, and perhaps suggested by McGuffin, ”a gift that is not to be opened until Christmas,” hence something tantalizing, found by 1925]
[mahk] /mɑk/ noun 1. a number indicating the ratio of the speed of an object to the speed of sound in the medium through which the object is moving. Abbreviation: M. [mahk; German mahkh] /mɑk; German mɑx/ noun 1. Ernst [ernst] /ɛrnst/ (Show IPA), 1838–1916, Austrian physicist, psychologist, and philosopher. 1. . 2. . 3. […]
[mak-uh-beez] /ˈmæk əˌbiz/ noun, (used with a singular verb) Douay Bible. 1. (def 2).
/Portuguese maˈʃadu/ noun 1. Joaquim Maria (ʒuaˈkɪ maˈria). 1839–1908, Brazilian author of novels and short stories, whose novels include Epitaph of a Small Winner (1881) and Dom Casmurro (1899)
- Machado de Assiz
[mah-shah-doo di ah-sees] /mɑˈʃɑ dʊ dɪ ɑˈsis/ noun 1. Joaquim Maria [zhaw-ah-kim mah-ree-ah] /ˈʒɔ ɑ kɪm mɑˈri ɑ/ (Show IPA), 1839–1908, Brazilian writer.