plot Definition

  • 1a plan made in secret by a group of people to do something illegal or harmful
  • 2the main events of a play, novel, movie, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence
  • 3a small piece of land used for growing vegetables or flowers

Using plot: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "plot" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The police uncovered a plot to rob the bank.

  • Example

    The plot of the movie was difficult to follow.

  • Example

    She spends most of her free time working in her garden plot.

  • Example

    The book's plot revolves around a young woman's journey to self-discovery.

plot Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for plot

Antonyms for plot

Idioms Using plot

  • thick as thieves (with someone)

    very close friends with someone, often implying a secretive or conspiratorial relationship


    Ever since they were kids, they've been thick as thieves.

  • to become confused or lose one's sense of direction


    I'm sorry, I think I've lost the plot. Can you explain that again?

  • stick to the plot

    to stay focused on the main topic or objective


    Let's stick to the plot and not get sidetracked by irrelevant details.

Phrases with plot

  • a complex and intricate plot with many twists and turns


    The novel's thick plot kept readers engaged until the very end.

  • sub-plot

    a secondary plot in a work of literature or drama that is subordinate to the main plot


    The sub-plot involving the protagonist's best friend added depth to the story.

  • an unexpected development or turn of events in a plot


    The movie's plot twist completely surprised the audience.

Origins of plot

from Old English 'plottian', meaning 'to mark out a piece of land'


Summary: plot in Brief

The term 'plot' [plɒt] has three main meanings: a secret plan to do something illegal or harmful, the main events of a work of literature or drama, and a small piece of land used for gardening. It can refer to a 'thick plot' with many twists and turns, or a 'sub-plot' that adds depth to the story. Idioms like 'thick as thieves' and 'lose the plot' convey close relationships and confusion, respectively.

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