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(one's) jig is up

One's plan or scheme has been discovered and/or thwarted; one's game, trick, or deception is at an end. A variant of the much more common phrase "the jig is up." Your jig is up, Senator Marten! Your tax evasion has been found out, and the police are here to escort you to prison. We were going to play a practical joke on David, but when he noticed our car parked out front, I knew that our jig was up.
See also: jig, up

gig

1. n. a onetime job; an engagement. (Musicians.) I had a gig out on the west side, but I couldn’t get there.
2. in. to play or perform. (Musicians.) I didn’t gig at all last week. I’m getting hungry for a job.
3. n. any job of an assignment nature; a onetime job such as when a newspaper reporter is assigned to write a particular story. I didn’t want that election gig, but I got it anyway.
4. n. a bother; an annoyance; a job. Man, this paperwork is such a gig.
5. n. a giggle; a bit of laughter. Her little story gave us all a good gig.
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PREPARING FOR GIG SEASON I'll be spending this weekend in a cabin in Lochgoilhead with no wifi or phone signal as it's my last chance for some time off before gig season hits.
The Croker gig (or gigs) will be his last for a while, as Sheeran intends to take some time off following a mammoth year.
The London gigs mark her return to the stage more than 30 years later and at the same venue, the Hammersmith Apollo, where she effectively retired from live performances after six weeks on the road.
Previous secret gigs have seen fans given boiler suits as paint bombs are handed out to be thrown around.
Send memories - and photos if you have them - to BEST GIGS, c/o Paul Cole, Executive Editor, Birmingham Mail & Sunday Mercury, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, Birmingham, B24 9FF.
The Big Gig plan provides the best value with 150GB/month, 12GB loyalty gigs, free unlimited NNTP and now 1300 days of web-Usenet retention.
DA DIEHARD Deacon Blue fan missed his hero's gig to see his fourth child born - so he booked Ricky Ross to play in his town hall.
Er bod y nosweithiau a'r teithio hir o gig i gig yn gallu bod yn straen, dw i ddim yn difaru rhoi'r gorau i'r swydd.
THE final preparations are under way for Monday's star-studded Africa Express gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall.
THE Specials have kicked off their 2011 tour and last weekend played to a packed crowd in Amsterdam Paradiso - a gig that included a lot of Coventry fans with many taking advantage of the on-the-spot live CD recording of the gig.
I bought the gigs and carriages whenever I came across them in the back or sheds or barns - as long as the woodworm hadn't got there first
PET Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe turned up to a fan's home for a private gig.
net alerts them in real time when their favourite bands and venues announce tours and when tickets go on sale, users can also post reviews and photos, rate gigs and share other GigJunkies' experiences.
The gigs will be held at Clwb Ifor Bach, Womanby Street, Cardiff, from Saturday August 2 to Saturday, August 9, with two gigs being held per night.
My first gig was Depeche Mode at the NEC back in January 1988, on the 'Music For The Masses' tour - they were brilliant, I wasn't much of a fan before but soon was.