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What is the origin of the phrase the jig is up?


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2014-08-23 02:16:28
2014-08-23 02:16:28

"The jig is up" is a phrase that refers to a person being found out or exposed. The phrase has it's origin in the racist South because it refers to the lynching of slaves and African Americans.

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