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between the jigs and the reels

That which happens among, despite, or because of great confusion, chaos, or disarray; between or because of one thing and another. Primarily heard in Ireland. I was resolved to leave work early that day, but then the boss called a last-minute meeting, the printer stopped working, and I got put on hold with a client for half an hour. So between the jigs and the reels, I ended up leaving an hour late! He drew loans from all over the country, using one to pay off the other. Between the jigs and the reels, he ended up owing more than millions to various banks and investors.
See also: and, jig, reel

(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

jig (it)

To absent oneself or leave early (from school or work) when one would normally be required to be there; to play truant. Primarily heard in Australia. I was so restless and bored at work that I decided to just jig it after lunch without telling anyone. Hey, Jim and I are planning on jigging from school on Friday, do you want to come with us? That's the last time you jig class, mister! From now on, I'm dropping you to school every morning!
See also: jig

jig is up

See game is up.
See also: jig, up

game is up, the

Also, the jig is up. The trick or deception has been exposed. For example, When they took inventory they realized what was missing, and the game was up for the department head . This expression dates from the mid-1800s and uses up in the sense of "over" or "lost." The variant employs jig in the sense of "trickery," a usage dating from about 1600.
See also: game


tv. & in. to copulate [with] someone. (Usually objectionable.) She’s claiming they jigged twice.

the jig is up

phr. the game is ended; the scheme has been found out. Okay, you kids. The jig’s up!
See also: jig, up

in jig time

Very quickly; rapidly.
See also: jig, time
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Here the Red River Jigging competitions are not limited to a certain amount of changes; instead, competitors are encouraged to perform all the traditional steps they know.
16) In 2005 a female competitor and a male competitor challenged the winners, and during these challenges, they followed the circular pattern of travel jigging and then fancy stepping in place facing each other.
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Once dancers have mastered the jigging and the fancy steps to go along with these different changes (and the speed that is required to execute them), the Orange Blossom Special is quite a show, although the familiarity that most audiences have with this tune also contributes to its popularity.
One recent innovation incorporates Red River Jigging steps within the breakdown section.
We caught fish on dead baits and some on live baits, but we caught a lot more when we were jigging.
While Shimano's Butterfly Jigging system was the first to make a big splash in the marketplace, they've been joined by Williamson, Braid, Bomber, Halco and many other manufacturers, only solidifying the argument that these types of lures are extremely productive.
Nearly every reef fish you can imagine will be produced by jigging.
You can certainly be successful jigging without any specialized equipment.
Another key characteristic not found in catalogs is recovery time-how long until the rod tip comes to rest after a jigging motion.
Fenwick's new Elite Tech Walleye Jigging model makes a sweet vertical-jigging rod, for example.
These are just two of many fine jigging rods on the market.
Downriggers have been around for a long time, but as with jigging, there are compelling advances in technology.
Barefoot Fishing currently makes smaller chin-weighted circle hooks for grouper and snapper jigging that are legal to use with natural baits in Gulf waters (and the law may soon be coming to the Atlantic side as well).