underplot

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Etymology[edit]

under- +‎ plot

Noun[edit]

underplot (plural underplots)

  1. A subplot; a plot that is not the main plot of a story.
    • 1882-89, A Collection Of Old English Plays, Vol. IV[1]:
      I have not been able to discover the source of the very curious underplot of The Captives.
    • 1906, Walter W. Greg, Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama[2]:
      Thus, again to quote Mr. Homer Smith, it has been held that 'In general the pastoral incidents serve as an underplot, utterly foreign in spirit to the main plot.'

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