underplot


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Underplot \Un"der*plot`\, n.
   1. A series of events in a play, proceeding collaterally with
      the main story, and subservient to it. --Dryden.
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   2. A clandestine scheme; a trick. --Addison.
      [1913 Webster]
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