the plot thickens

idiom

used to say that the story in a novel, movie, etc., becomes more complicated or interesting
The plot thickens when the audience learns that the missing woman used to work for the FBI.
sometimes used in a usually humorous way to talk about things that happen in real life
So you've worked with him before? Ah, the plot thickens.

Examples of the plot thickens in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The movie gets increasingly political as the plot thickens, although the girls’ activism feels like another means to bring them closer together, even if Burger may have had more sincere intentions there. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2024 In Twice Lost, feelings proliferate, genres cross, and the plot thickens all at once. Joanna Biggs, Harper's Magazine, 10 Jan. 2024 And this is where the plot thickens, because Kroenke has something FIFA really wants and FIFA had something Kroenke really wants. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023 As the plot thickens, Maryam races against the clock, seeking help from a Western doctor, other medical professionals, and ultimately an infamous exorcist. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 20 June 2023 As the plot thickens, his family becomes entwined in a sinister web of secrets and supernatural forces. Travis Bean, Forbes, 6 May 2023

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“The plot thickens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20plot%20thickens. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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