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.
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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