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afoot

[uh-foo t] /əˈfʊt/
adverb, adjective
1.
on foot; walking:
I came afoot.
2.
astir; in progress:
There is mischief afoot.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English a fote, on fote. See a-1, foot
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British Dictionary definitions for afoot

afoot

/əˈfʊt/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
1.
in circulation or operation; astir: mischief was afoot
2.
on or by foot
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Word Origin and History for afoot
adj.

c.1200, afote, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + foot (n.). Figurative sense of "in active operation" is from 1601 ("Julius Caesar").

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