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afoot

[ uh-ootf ]
/ əˈfʊt /
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adverb, adjective

on foot; walking: I came afoot.
astir; in progress: There is mischief afoot.

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Origin of afoot

First recorded in 1175–1225, afoot is from Middle English a fote, on fote.See a-1, foot
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British Dictionary definitions for afoot

afoot
/ (əˈfʊt) /

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

in circulation or operation; astirmischief was afoot
on or by foot
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