afoot

[[t]əf'ʊt[/t]]
ADJ: v-link ADJ
If you say that a plan or scheme is afoot, it is already happening or being planned, but you do not know much about it.

Everybody knew that something awful was afoot.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Afoot — A*foot , adv. [Pref. a + foot.] 1. On foot. [1913 Webster] We ll walk afoot a while. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: In motion; in action; astir; in progress. [1913 Webster] The matter being afoot. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • afoot — (adj.) c.1200, afote, from a on (see A (Cf. a ) (1)) + FOOT (Cf. foot) (n.). Figurative sense of in active operation is from 1601 ( Julius Caesar ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • afoot — ► ADVERB & ADJECTIVE 1) in preparation or progress. 2) chiefly N. Amer. on foot …   English terms dictionary

  • afoot — [ə foot′] adv. 1. on foot; walking 2. in motion or operation; in progress; astir …   English World dictionary

  • afoot — a|foot [əˈfut] adj [not before noun] [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: on foot] being planned or happening moves/plans/changes afoot ▪ There were plans afoot for a second attack. >afoot adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • afoot — UK [əˈfʊt] / US adjective [never before noun] being planned, or starting to happen Plans are afoot to build a new leisure complex. Trouble was afoot. Derived word: afoot UK / US adverb …   English dictionary

  • afoot — /euh foot /, adv., adj. 1. on foot; walking: I came afoot. 2. astir; in progress: There is mischief afoot. [1175 1225; ME a fote, on fote. See A 1, FOOT] * * * …   Universalium

  • afoot — adjective (not before noun) 1 being planned or happening: There were plans afoot for a second attack. 2 old use moving, especially walking afoot adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • afoot — /əˈfʊt / (say uh foot) adverb 1. on foot; walking: I came afoot. –adjective 2. astir; in progress: there is mischief afoot. {a 1 + foot} …   Australian English dictionary

  • afoot — adverb or adjective Date: 13th century 1. on foot 2. in the process of development ; under way < something out of the ordinary was afoot Hamilton Basso > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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