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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.
See also: jig, up

gig economy

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.
See also: economy, gig

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.
See also: jig, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

the jig is up

AMERICAN, 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.
See also: jig, up
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

the jig is up

the 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.
See also: jig, up
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.

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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The coffin was exhumed and broken open; the body inserted in the dripping sack and carried between them to the gig; one mounted to keep it in its place, and the other, taking the horse by the mouth, groped along by wall and bush until they reached the wider road by the Fisher's Tryst.
They had both been wetted to the skin during their operations, and now, as the gig jumped among the deep ruts, the thing that stood propped between them fell now upon one and now upon the other.
When at last the flickering blue flame had been transferred to the wick and began to expand and clarify, and shed a wide circle of misty brightness round the gig, it became possible for the two young men to see each other and the thing they had along with them.
A wild yell rang up into the night; each leaped from his own side into the roadway: the lamp fell, broke, and was extinguished; and the horse, terrified by this unusual commotion, bounded and went off toward Edinburgh at a gallop, bearing along with it, sole occupant of the gig, the body of the dead and long-dissected Gray.
Under the porte-cochere she found the doctor waiting in his gig. The nurse stood on the steps.
LONDON - A subscription service for live gigs is not only possible but necessary, and this is what Gotobeat has been working on for the past four months.
house of gigs, a mobile back-office platform for workers in the gig economy, has announced it will release its own banking solution on July 1, 2019, the company said.
BandClout is free to join, but if you want the ability to search the gig board and respond to gigs posted and other content, you must become a paid subscriber which costs just $1.95 per month.
This is the third in a four-part series on the gig economy.
On Twitter, the former Rivermaya frontman said artists and managers have the responsibility to honor a commitment even if a bigger gig comes along.
According to a new research released Wednesday, attending to gigs and concerts for live music for at least 20 minutes can increase your feeling of well-being by 21 percent.
AR Nos Galan, cawn groesawu'r Flwyddyn Newydd a ffarwelio a'r flwyddyn a fu ar S4C gyda gig o gerddoriaeth boblogaidd a rhifyn arbennig o'r rhaglen gylchgrawn Heno.
"So if a volunteer likes theatre over gigs, we try to match them with someone who shared the same interest."
I'm in no rush, I'm busy now so it's all go, go, go." Gavin James launched the Bord na Mona Hearth Sessions, a series of intimate fireside gigs, in a search for the best Irish pubs with cosy fires.
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