afoot (adv.) Old form(s): a foote
on the go, in existence
KL II.iv.210[Lear to all, of France] I could as well be brought / To knee his throne and ... pension beg / To keep base life afoot
MM IV.v.3[Duke to Friar Peter] The matter being afoot
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