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DEUS EX MACHINA
Literally "a god from the machine," referring to the mechanism in ancient drama whereby a god was brought on the stage to provide a miraculous solution to a dramatic difficulty. It has come to mean any idea, fact, or person artificially introduced to solve an otherwise impossible situation.
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