Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JIG

She pushed Rgina gently aside, and the child went on with her jig.

Then he succinctly completed his diagnosis: "His jig is up!"

"If he's telling the truth, the jig's about up," said Dr. Bird when the Russian had left.

Why, big Peter will dance a jig on the kitchen table for joy.

There'll be a snatch or so of fiddlin' that he'll like, to cheer him up, and a jig and a song or so.

She began to cripple and jig most painfully for one of her size and dignity.

"When I got your invitation I danced a jig of delight," went on Songbird.

It shook the saddle like a hopper; and the stirrup danced a jig.

From what he hears, or knows, he gathers, that the jig is up.

He was whistling cheerfully, not "Rule, Britannia," but a harmless Irish jig.

WORD ORIGIN

"lively dance," 1560s, perhaps related to Middle French giguer "to dance," or to the source of German Geige "violin." Meaning "piece of sport, trick" is 1590s, now mainly in phrase the jig is up (first attested 1777 as the jig is over). As a verb from 1580s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR JIG

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.