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

1175–1225; Middle English a fote, on fote. See a-1, foot Unabridged
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afoot (əˈfʊt)
adj, —adv
1.  in circulation or operation; astir: mischief was afoot
2.  on or by foot

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, afote, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + foot (q.v.). Fig. sense of "in active operation" is c.1600 (first recorded in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar").
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Example sentences
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
There is, however, creative casting afoot: some miners play policemen.
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