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

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The game is up

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

The meaning and origin of the phrase 'The game is up'The original meaning was 'the game is over - all is lost'. More recently it has come to be used to mean ' we have seen through your tricks - your deceit is exposed'.

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

From Shakespeare's Cymbeline, 1611:

Euriphile, Thou wast their nurse; they took thee for their mother,
And every day do honour to her grave:
Myself, Belarius, that am Morgan call'd,
They take for natural father. The game is up.

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