Definition of afoot in English:



  • 1In preparation or progress; happening or beginning to happen.

    ‘plans are afoot for a festival’
    ‘something bizarre was afoot’
    • ‘Plans are afoot for an official celebration of the win, and the mayor said that they are already planning for next year.’
    • ‘There are also plans afoot to float television channels in other South Indian languages over the course of the year.’
    • ‘The Christmas lights have just been erected and already plans are afoot to have an even better display next year.’
    • ‘Preparations are afoot, measurements are made, ground is staked out.’
    • ‘Plans are also afoot to introduce a new green bin scheme, which collects compostable waste, including cardboard.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot to construct one more platform to station more buses.’
    • ‘Plans are now afoot for a small screen adaptation of the much-loved novel.’
    • ‘But plans are already afoot to ensure that the festival is revitalised next year.’
    • ‘And talk is afoot of a large scale class action discrimination suit to be filed against the university.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot to run an indoor football league over two days.’
    • ‘At the present time, plans are afoot to develop the harbour area.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot for a visual art research institute in currently vacant university buildings.’
    • ‘The other good news is that there are plans afoot for there to be a free festival next year!’
    • ‘The sites became redundant following a reorganisation of special education, and plans are afoot to sell them for housing.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot to stage three soul nights over the next year.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot for a complete refurbishment of the building, and in the meantime Michael is developing the food side of the business.’
    • ‘There is even a plan afoot to offer half-year membership for half subs, in a membership drive to be held in the ground later this month.’
    • ‘Plans are afoot for the construction of dressing rooms and toilets.’
    • ‘There are plans afoot… but it would be premature to talk about them now.’
    • ‘Out the back is a space for all kinds of creative outlets like painting and pottery and plans are afoot for a veggie garden.’
    going on, happening, around, about, abroad, circulating, current, stirring, in circulation, at large, going about, in the air, in the wind
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  • 2North American On foot.

    ‘they were forced to go afoot’
    • ‘He went afoot, both that he might arrange many matters, and by way of training them to bear a parting from him.’
    • ‘Although they went afoot they expected to come back mounted for when they raided another tribe they depended on stealing enough horses to get away on.’
    • ‘She went afoot all the way to our house. I founded her sleeping on the grass in the morning.’
    • ‘But to the younger generation, a winter holiday means action- and down through the 'Swamp hollow' and over the hill road they go, afoot or in sleighs, through the drifting snow, to a barn dance at the Centre.’
    • ‘I suppose from the looks of things that I shall have to go afoot the rest of the way.’