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holmesian
10-31-2005, 02:09 AM
what does "The game is afoot" actually mean?
it might sound like a very stupid question. but i am not from an English-speaking country. so...

B-Mental
10-31-2005, 02:30 AM
Hi holmesian. I've heard or read this many times, but I've never sought out a definition. It has always meant to be that 'the game is just getting interesting'. We do however have a thread that might be able to answer this for you.

http://www.online-literature.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13543&page=1&pp=15

I've quoted the question there for you, and asked for an answer on this thread.

Zippy
10-31-2005, 04:27 AM
I've heard (although never checked myself) that 'The game's afoot' is never actually used by Holmes in any of the books.

Perhaps it comes from Henry V - I think after the speech outside Hartfluer.

holmesian
10-31-2005, 04:52 AM
I've heard (although never checked myself) that 'The game's afoot' is never actually used by Holmes in any of the books.


i don't think so. :rolleyes:

Nightshade
11-07-2005, 05:26 AM
well missed this :rolleyes:
anyway I belive its a hunting expression the game is a foot is when the game/ quarry/ prey is on the run or you are closing in...
:D

architect
11-12-2005, 07:44 PM
I think it means that "the game has started" refering to a predator/prey scenario.

Reichenbach
11-20-2005, 03:54 PM
It is reference to hunting, 'The game is afoot' means 'the chase is on' Holmes did use it once although I am not sure of the exact book.

Red-Headed
09-16-2008, 11:07 PM
Afoot can be an adverb or an adjective. It is also used literally & figuratively. It is descended from the Middle English afote & means ON (& Dative of) FOOT.