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The meaning and origin of the expression: The game is afoot

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The game is afoot

What's the meaning of the phrase 'The game is afoot'?

The process is in active existence; for example, 'The teams are on the pitch - the whistle blows - the game is afoot.'

What's the origin of the phrase 'The game is afoot'?

Portrait of William ShakespeareFrom Shakespeare's King Henry IV Part I, 1597:

"Before the game is afoot, thou still let'st slip."

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