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Definition of afoot

1 : on foot
2 : in the process of development : underway a plan is afoot to build a new school

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Recent Examples on the Web But there were occasional contrasts afoot, as when a brass choir got all stately and academic when the headmaster, Dumbledore, offered wisdom or the plucky pizzicatos became light-hearted when reporter Rita Skeeter appeared. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Minnesota Orchestra hosts an enjoyable Potter party, wands optional," 25 Oct. 2019 Even Jean’s family and activists had been on guard for character attacks, at one point fuming that a smear campaign was afoot after police revealed early in the investigation that marijuana had been found in Jean’s apartment. Washington Post, "‘A near-perfect person of color’ killed by a Dallas officer," 2 Oct. 2019 In hindsight, Facebook had quietly signaled that unification was afoot more than a year ago. New York Times, "How Facebook Is Changing to Deal With Scrutiny of Its Power," 12 Aug. 2019 Consolidation has been afoot more broadly in media. Joe Flint, WSJ, "AT&T-Time Warner Deal, an Early Trump Target, Reaches Advanced Stage," 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of afoot

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for afoot

Middle English afoten, afote, from a- a- entry 1 + foten, dative plural & fote, dative singular of fot foot entry 1

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The first known use of afoot was in the 13th century

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“Afoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of afoot

: developing or happening now : in progress


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Kids Definition of afoot

1 : on foot traveled afoot
2 : happening now : going on We sensed that there was trouble afoot.

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