adverb, adjective

  1. on foot; walking: I came afoot.
  2. astir; in progress: There is mischief afoot.

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

  1. in circulation or operation; astirmischief was afoot
  2. on or by foot

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

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