the jig is up(redirected from gig is up)
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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jig is up
See game is 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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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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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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