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leitmotif

  
  ( leitmotifs    plural  ) , leitmotiv   A leitmotif in something such as a book or film or in a person's life is an idea or an object which occurs again and again.  
FORMAL      n-count  
The title of one of Dietrich's best-known songs could serve as the leitmotif for her life.     
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leitmotif

  
  (all with)       recurrent or recurring   air, convention, device, idea, melody, motif, phrase, strain, theme  

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