Meaning of “the game is up” in the English Dictionary

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"the game is up" in British English

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the game is up

used to tell someone that you know what their secret activities or plans are and that these cannot continue:

Okay, you two, the game's up! Give me the cigarettes - this time I'm telling your parents.

(Definition of “the game is up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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