Something that's afoot is already happening, underway, or being prepared. You might reassure your fellow French club members that plans are afoot for a fund raiser to support your upcoming trip to Québec.

People frequently say that plans are afoot when they've started preparing for a party, an election campaign, a job hunt, or anything else that requires some planning. Plans might be afoot for your dad's surprise party, for example, or your sister's wedding. Another, less common way to use afoot is to mean "on foot," or "walking." You could tell your teacher that you're late to school because you missed the bus and had to travel afoot.

Definitions of afoot
  1. adverb
    on foot; walking
    “they went to the village afoot
    “quail are hunted either afoot or on horseback”
  2. adjective
    traveling by foot
    “she was afoot when I saw her this morning”
    in motion
  3. adjective
    currently in progress
    “there is mischief afoot
    “plans are afoot
    synonyms: underway
    occurring in or belonging to the present time
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