the jig is up


US, informal + old-fashioned
used to say that a dishonest plan or activity has been discovered and will not be allowed to continue
The jig is up: where did you hide the stolen goods?

Examples of the jig is up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our union and our sister unions and the unions around the world are standing by us, as well as other labor unions, because at some point the jig is up. Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2023

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“The jig is up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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