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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.
Translations of “the game is up”
in Chinese (Traditional) 事已敗露, 戲該收場…
in Chinese (Simplified) 事已败露, 戏该收场…
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