on foot; walking:
I came afoot.
astir; in progress:
There is mischief afoot.
a fote, on fote.
in circulation or operation; astir:
mischief was afoot
on or by foot
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But against these realities, significant progress is afoot.
Progress is visible now in a series of industrial research projects already afoot or in the planning stage.
But despite the familiar urban problems, there's a goofy, energetic optimism afoot.
There is, however, creative casting afoot: some miners play policemen.
Little did he suspect that plans were afoot for his new career-a career so secret that he himself knew nothing about it.
There seems to be a movement afoot to change the evaluation criteria used by universities for promotion and tenure.
But there's a darker purpose afoot: the robots are all outcasts.
As he paid off old clients with money from new ones, the press scented criminal mischief afoot.
Now there are moves afoot to buy it from its private owners so that the boat may be returned to public service.
Keep an eye out for parked cars and folks with spotting scopes, sure signs that some action is afoot.
But change is afoot, and some of it offers a kinder bargain.
There is even a move afoot to use sewage biosolids for manufacturing bioplastic.
There seems to be some peculiar notion of privacy afoot.
As staff and students, protest is afoot in a fight for public education.
There's something exciting afoot in the world of cosmology.
Experiments are already afoot to spot this kind of oscillation.
She knew the fire alarm signals and when anything momentous was afoot.
Again there is none of them distant from the next above one day's journey afoot.
And in truth, there was plenty of pure adventurism afoot in the left, as nobody can deny.
Deeper down, irreversible structural changes were afoot.
There were some ideas that were afoot prior to the nomination.
They told him it was important to act as if nothing unusual were afoot.
There are even conspiracy theorists who think a secret government plan to geoengineer the planet is already afoot.
But if the temperatures start rising to near the top of the scale, you know something is afoot.
And so, as additional cases appeared, it became apparent that something was afoot.
There is a conspiracy afoot, they say, no dissent from the evolution orthodoxy is allowed.
It may be less risky for them, but it's a clear sign of real changes afoot.
Often there seems to be no rhyme or reason for a trend, and sometimes time of day and novelty is afoot.
But keep in mind that its chirping sounds might tip off your target that something strange is afoot.
At the same time, plans were afoot to create a new ministry to address the unique needs of older members of our congregation.
Now moves are afoot to harden research findings into public policy.
My advice to my students is that there is too much afoot to read the crystal ball--too many swirling snow flakes.
Yet despite these factors, which would seem to favor stagnancy, change could be afoot.
Within a week, as it became clear that a popular uprising was afoot, defections from the regime and the military apparatus began.
There's now a move afoot to have the gentleman removed from his job.
And all of them linked to one another, using it as evidence that a decentralized, viral movement was already afoot.
In the securities industry, there's a move afoot to restrict the amount of dirt the public can get on a broker.
There may not be major changes afoot at the company, but the entertainment division gets a shakeup.
And legal moves are now afoot to broaden the rights of indigenous fishermen.
Big changes are afoot in the global adult entertainment business.
Plans are afoot to add a server farm and a bleach factory.
Yet plans are afoot to overhaul the humble writing instrument completely.
Either he was not ready to reveal what was afoot, or he did not know.
But plans are afoot to extend the idea into a number of new areas.
Now there is a movement afoot to change humanity's co-ordinates.
Following the financial crisis, efforts are afoot to make it harder for bad bosses to walk away with a fortune.
There was also relief because the choice of the new team suggests that change is afoot.
On the equally important question of ownership, it is far from clear that real change is afoot.
Clearly something other than the threat of criminal sanction is afoot here.
When confidence turns to arrogance there's trouble afoot, especially around money.
There is a move afoot that a city worker told me about today.
Car-centric city sprawl adds to weight gain, so a movement is afoot to put us within walking distance.
In the land of perfect oneness, asymmetries are afoot.
Changes are afoot, but the rusty wheels of bureaucracy still turn slowly.
Although chain pickerel are fairly abundant, they average only about afoot long.
Basic design features can affect the ability of the public right of way to accommodate persons afoot or in wheelchairs.
In this case, there was ample reason to suspect that criminal activity was afoot.
The move toward miniaturization is afoot elsewhere as well.
Suspicious that criminal activity was afoot, the neighbor called the police.
Nationally, there are studies and changes afoot that suggest a future where seat belts will be required equipment on school buses.