- on foot; walking: I came afoot.
- astir; in progress: There is mischief afoot.
Origin of afoot
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Examples from the Web for afoot
The very fact that so many troops co-existed with so many militants meant some kind of complicated alliances were afoot.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan
Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel
November 12, 2014
Even the World Heath Organization, which has plenty to worry about in impoverished nations, knows there is big trouble afoot.New Study Says Doctors Can’t “Just Say No” to Their Patients
March 31, 2014
The same impulse is afoot in less trendy parts of the country.Ban E-Cigarettes? The Anti-Smoking Lobby's Clueless Crusade
August 25, 2013
The game is afoot, and all concerned parties are watching closely to see how things play out.The Government’s Perilous Bitcoin Chase
July 25, 2013
Those interested in Post palace intrigue, though, wondered if something else was afoot with the announcement.New York Post Looks Thinner After News Corporation Split
July 18, 2013
Vast crowds lined the route, afoot and in every kind of vehicle.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Once afoot, it was not long before the company began to disperse.
When a man is afoot at cock-crow much may be done in the day.
The man by his nod seemed to show he understood what was afoot.Casanova's Homecoming
The Lambs were going to be enraged when they learned what was afoot.Alice Adams
- in circulation or operation; astirmischief was afoot
- on or by foot
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Word Origin and History for afoot
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