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


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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