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(one's) jig is up
One's plan or scheme has been discovered 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. Our jig is up if they figure out how we manipulated the accounts.
1. noun A single or temporary professional job or engagement, especially something very brief. Often used in reference to the performance arts. Our band got a gig playing at a kid's birthday party next week. It's a little embarrassing, but it's better than nothing!
2. noun, military A demerit for a minor infraction, as of dress or deportment code. I can't believe I got a gig just because my shoe had a scuff mark on it.
3. noun A shortening of "gigabyte." The laptop boasts 32 gigs of RAM, meaning it can run several programs simultaneously without slowing down.
4. verb To work single or temporary professional jobs or engagements, especially those that are very brief. Often used in reference to the performance arts. My dream is to become the house DJ for a high-end club, but for now I just gig at corporate events.
5. verb, military To give a demerit for a minor infraction, as of dress or deportment code. Your CO will gig you if there's even a single wrinkle in your uniform.
A labor market in which temporary or freelance work is common. A "gig" is a one-time job. After getting laid off from my full-time office job, I started doing freelance work, like many other people in the gig economy.
A perfectly straight vertical line from the top collar button down to the bottom of the seam of the fly on one's trousers, along which the placket of one's shirt should be aligned. Originally a US military term. The drill instructor will have you doing pushups if your gig line is crooked. I always check that my fly is closed and my gig line is straight before going into a meeting.
A job or source of income one performs in addition to one's primary job. I've had a side gig as a freelance artist for a few years now. It's nice getting paid for what I love to do, though I don't know if I could earn enough to do it full-time. Almost all of the rookie reporters I know have some kind of side gig to help them supplement their income.
the jig is up
The plan or scheme has been discovered and/or thwarted; the game, trick, or deception is at an end. The jig is up, Smith! The police found your fingerprints all over the safe. We tried to smuggle a kitten into the house, but when mom saw me carrying a saucer of milk, I knew that the jig was up.
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the jig is upAMERICAN, INFORMAL
If the jig is up, someone can no longer do something wrong or illegal because someone has found out about it. They had been taking money from residents, but they knew the jig was up when one of them contacted the police. Compare with the game is up.
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the jig is upthe scheme or deception is revealed or foiled. North American informal
The sense of jig here dates from the late 16th century and means ‘jest’ or ‘trick’. The jig is over is recorded from the late 18th century in the USA and the usual modern version with up appeared only slightly later.
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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.
the jig is up
phr. the game is ended; the scheme has been found out. Okay, you kids. The jig’s up!
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