the plot thickens


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the plot thickens

A situation or set of circumstances has become more complex, mysterious, interesting, or difficult to understand. A: "This whole time I presumed he was working for my father, but it turns out my father has never heard of him!" B: "Ooh, the plot thickens!" Now the plot thickens, as police have opened a line of inquiry into the governor's whereabouts on the date of the incident.
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plot thickens

Things are becoming more complicated or interesting. The police assumed that the woman was murdered by her ex-husband, but he has an alibi. The plot thickens. John is supposed to be going out with Mary, but I saw him last night with Sally. The plot thickens.
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plot thickens, the

Circumstances are becoming very complex or mysterious. Today this term is often used ironically or half-humorously, as in His companion wasn't his wife or his partner-the plot thickens. Originally (1671) it described the plot of a play that was overly intricate, and by the late 1800s it was used for increasingly complex mysteries in detective stories.
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the plot thickens

People say the plot thickens when a situation or series of events starts to become even more complicated or strange. The plot thickens when he finds diamonds worth 6m euros hidden in a box of salt in the dead man's room. At this point the plot thickened further. A link emerged between the attempt to kill the Pope and the kidnapping of the American. Note: This phrase was widely used in 19th century melodramas, or popular plays that involved extreme situations and extreme emotions, and is now used humorously
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the plot thickens

the situation becomes more difficult and complex.
This expression comes from The Rehearsal ( 1671 ), a burlesque drama by George Villiers , 2nd Duke of Buckingham: ‘now the plot thickens very much upon us’.
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the plot ˈthickens

(often humorous) used to say that a situation is becoming more complicated and difficult to understand: Aha, so both Karen and Steve had the day off work yesterday? The plot thickens!
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plot thickens, the

The situation is becoming increasingly complex. Originally the term was used to describe the plot of a play that was becoming byzantine in its complexity; it was so used by George Villiers in his 1672 comedy The Rehearsal (3.2). It was repeated by numerous writers and became particularly popular in mystery novels, from Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet (1887) on. Today it is often used sarcastically or ironically of some situation that is needlessly complex but scarcely meets the description of a sinister plot.
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References in classic literature ?
"The plot thickens," he said, as I entered; "I have just had an answer to my American telegram.
CORONATION STREET ITV, 7.30pm & 8.30pm Robert calls in at Vicky's THE plot thickens as Robert tries desperately to cover his tracks.
The plot thickens as Jonah soon realises that Megan was involved with some of Hong Kong's most dangerous people.
THIS is apropos the article 'The plot thickens...' (July 11) by Zahid Hussain in which he has critcised the authorities who have instituted a money laundering case against Asif Zardari and his sister, Faryal Talpur.
The plot thickens when Mary develops psychosis after learning of a demon, "Lamashtu" who preys on newborns and their mothers.
Coming as the firing does in the midst of rising political temperature and a tussle between the administration and the institutions, the plot thickens with the incident.
The plot thickens when doubters and dissers tick off more arguments against an Oprah run and presidency: How will her 'partner,' Stedman Graham, factor into the equation as first gentleman-when they aren't even married?
Add a thriller author's involvement and the plot thickens, resting heavily on book themes as it evolves a satisfying twist mystery fans will relish.
DRAMA The plot thickens as the military launch a hunt for the second missing girl, and discover a clue that points to a local suspect.
After a quick introduction to Garvie and his delinquent friends, the plot thickens, and the action is set in motion as the murder victim is discovered.
The plot thickens when Vaughan, an old friend of Cate's from childhood, joins the school and indeed the game of killer.
The plot thickens when it transpires there's a connection to retired chief copper Paul Maisonneuve (lauded French actor Thierry Lhermitte) - whoever did this placed a photo of him at the scene of the crime.
The plot thickens between Belle and |Lachlan as fresh evidence is uncovered
The tension mounts as the plot thickens and Rachel and Tom separately attempt to find out the truth about the attacks, each in their own way.
But the plot thickens when von Enke himself disappears and it's up to Wallander to find him...