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Your RBR Word of the Day: Leitmotif

leitmotif LYT-moh-teef, noun:

  1. In music drama, a marked melodic phrase or short passage which always accompanies the reappearance of a certain person, situation, abstract idea, or allusion in the course of the play; a sort of musical label.
  2. A dominant and recurring theme.

Though he ultimately secured an incredible hire, Mal Moore's presumed incompetence throughout the recent coaching search became a leitmotif.