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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 phrase 'the game is afoot' means 'the process is underway'; 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 ShakespeareThe first use of 'the game is afoot' is found in Shakespeare's King Henry IV Part I, 1597:

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

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